Renovation Finished! A Last Update on the Re-vitalization of the Toronto Reference Library

November 25, 2014 | Katherine

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Toronto Reference Library ExteriorYes, the renovation is finished! This TRL blog has followed the progress and the many changes since October 2010 and now, here is the final Renovation Project Update.

An official celebration in late September marked the completion of new study spaces, digital innovations, reorganized subject floors and additional forums for public presentations. Now, with a few weeks of full operation behind us, we’d like to show off one last time some of the beautiful new parts of the library.

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  Entrance & TD Gallery


As you enter the library, sit by the quiet waters of the entrance or visit the TD Gallery--behind the glass wall in this photo. 






Information Commons 1st floor


Walk round the waters, and use the Information Commons to check email, read the latest news or research a subject.






Still on the 1st floor, visit the Browsery where you can borrow current popular books and DVDs. In the Adaptive Technology Centre, you'll find aids to information access like magnifiers, Digital Access Information System (DAISY) talking books, screen magnification software (Zoomtext) and screen reader software (JAWS). Cross the floor to find the Digital Innovation Hub and the Asquith Press, where you can publish your own book.

    Adaptive Tech-Browsery 1st floor Digital Hub-Asquith Press 1st floor





Idea Garden 2nd floor

Think or study in the Idea Garden on the 2nd floor (above) or try some of the other curved, glassed or traditional study spaces.

Study space 2nd floor TRL View from 5th floor Study table 1st floor Study Pods





Libraries are changing and whole new technological and maker spaces are happening here at Toronto Reference Library and around the world. But don't worry. There are still books everywhere--over 4 million in this building.

Open Shelf 2nd floor











Music Scores 5th floor  Display case & Open Shelf 2nd floor Social Sciences Open Shelf 2nd floor




Please visit soon, if you haven’t already. You’ll find thousands of fellow citizens reading, searching, studying, tweeting, discussing, creating, connecting, working. Just what this place was built for.