Revitalized York Woods library reopens in Jane and Finch community, showcasing new services and innovative features

July 18, 2023 | Media Relations

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Toronto Public Library (TPL) is thrilled to announce the completion of the extensive renovation of its York Woods branch. Situated in the heart of the Jane and Finch community, the newly revamped York Woods branch stands as a stunning district library, exemplifying a large, modern and multi-purpose urban public library and beautiful public infrastructure for the community.

With a commitment to creating public spaces that bring communities together, TPL has transformed the York Woods branch into an inviting space where everyone will feel welcome. Serving a population of more than 55,000, the York Woods branch plays a vital role in providing services that extend far beyond the traditional library lending model. The renovated branch is designed by Diamond Schmitt. 

The renovation includes a beautiful new entrance and atrium on the main floor, expanded public space, seating and a prominent street presence.

Exciting new features include:

  • Youth Hub: TPL's first dedicated Youth Hub provides a dynamic space equipped with a built-in kitchenette and adaptable furniture, offering teenagers school support from librarians, engaging programs, access to technology community resources, along with complimentary nutritious snacks.
  • Digital Innovation Hub: Whether for learning, business or creative exploration, the newly-established Digital Innovation Hub is equipped with advanced software and a wide variety of new and emerging technologies, including a podcast recording studio and 3D printers.
  • KidsStop Early Literary Centre: This immersive and interactive space stimulates children’s creativity and imagination, and helps to build their early literacy skills. The space includes interactive elements such as a magnetic wall with a moveable ball run, and "Big Piano" floor keyboard, where children can play by stepping or moving over the keys.
  • Musical Instrument Lending Library: Library customers can borrow an impressive collection of instruments including guitars, keyboards, violins, wind chimes, a Kalimba, an 8-key African bellaphone, electric violin, and an autoharp. The Musical Instrument Lending Library is generously supported by Sun Life and the Estate of Thomas C.M. Logan.


York Woods exterior shot
Exterior photo of the newly renovated York Woods branch (Credit: Lisa Logan Photography, Diamond Schmitt Architects)
Staff welcoming customers
York Woods staff welcome customers back to their newly renovated branch

The renovation also introduces expanded public spaces for quiet study and collaboration, as well as new lounge and reading areas. The fully-equipped performing arts theatre has been revitalized with new seating, lighting and sound systems. The theatre is available for rent to support individuals and groups who wish to use the space for cultural, education and community activities.

During its three and a half year closure for renovation, TPL offered uninterrupted library service at a temporary location at nearby Yorkgate Mall, offering a curated collection of materials, public computers and an array of community programs. The temporary space was well-used by the community, highlighting the need and appreciation for library services.

Official Reopening Event

Although the York Woods branch is currently open to the public, TPL is inviting the community to an official event to celebrate the reopening on Saturday, July 29 at 10:00am to noon. The event will feature engaging tours and open house activities throughout the day.

For those unable to attend in person, a video tour of the renovated branch will be available soon at, allowing everyone to experience the remarkable transformation.

Media Tours

Media are invited to request a tour in advance of the official event by contacting


“We’re excited to welcome the community back to their library at York Woods. Beautiful and well-equipped public spaces like this one help build resilience, success and well-being for the community and its residents. We look forward to welcoming the community back, and hope everyone will take advantage of their beautiful library with its enhanced features and expanded services!”

-Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library

“Our vision for the revitalized York Woods Library was to create a sense of place. It is designed as a flexible Community Hub where residents of the Jane and Finch neighbourhood feel welcome, not just to drop by and borrow a book, but to stay for a while and engage with the new open, light-filled spaces and programs the library has to offer.”

-Gary McCluskie, Principal, Diamond Schmitt

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