toronto public library

Toronto Public Library branch just got a major overhaul

A newly-renovated branch of the Toronto Public Library just reopened at 1748 St. Clair Ave. West, and it's definitely a book lover's dream. 

The St. Clair/Silverthorn Library is a two-storey, 5,200 sq. ft. TPL branch that was completely renovated and redone.

The branch was previously housed in a derelict brick building constructed in the 1920s, which has since been demolished to make way for this new and improved library. 

It was entirely reconstructed and expanded in order to revitalize all public service areas, including a redesign of the current floor layout to provide improved barrier-free access to the second floor, zoned areas for adults, teens and children, and the incorporation of customer service improvements and efficient staff spaces. 

A barrier-free washroom was also added, and the library building facade and the streetscape have both been improved.

The look of the building has been modernized and updated, with a mix of glass panels and brick covering the front facade.

The red bricks used on the facade were incorporated as a reference to the site’s past.

The branch officially reopened to the public yesterday, and opening celebrations will take place on Saturday, November 2 at 11:00 a.m.

The newly-built library was designed by G. Bruce Stratton Architects and the project cost $3.3 million in total.

Lead photo by

G. Bruce Stratton Architects


Latest Videos



Latest Videos


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Arts

Toronto legend who dresses in giant duck costume now has his own streetcar stop

Hot Docs cinema in Toronto is closing its doors as organization flounders

Glowing sculpture made of garbage will float in Toronto Harbour this summer

Toronto mad at Ticketmaster again after Chappelle shows sell out in seconds

Dave Chappelle just announced surprise shows next week at the Opera House in Toronto

Can subcultures survive in the internet age?

Residents pushing back against renovation of nearly 100-year-old Toronto landmark

Cirque du Soleil opens in Toronto this week with ECHO