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Toronto Reference Library – Cozy lounge with books

When I was a kid I could spend hours browsing book shelves. I still love this activity and I find it oddly relaxing. I also love spaces that combine original architectural design and cozy atmosphere. Toronto Reference Library matches these criteria perfectly. The selection of books ranges from scientific journals to the newest bestsellers. The best part is that there are books in different languages!

The couches, tables and study spaces are so relaxing that I often tend to stay till closing time. The library has open concept design where you can see all the floors. The space feels large, yet very cozy and inviting.  There is a media theatre on the first floor right next to a large indoor fountain, where various lectures on popular science, art and literature take place.

I drop in a couple of times a week to get some work done on my laptop, or just to look for books in unexpected sections. I enjoy sitting in common study areas. It’s also an unexpected place to meet new friends. I often see students from different universities, colleges, international students and even tourists from various parts of the world hanging out in this library.  

In this library you always have a choice of isolating yourself to focus on your work, or sitting in common areas where people can approach you freely.

Pro tip: the Toronto Reference Library has pianos available for practicing for library members!

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789 Yonge Street, Toronto

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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 20:30, Sat 09:00 - 17:30, Sun 13:30 - 17:00


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)