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Italian Books, Magazines Accessible Again

Where's the largest collection of Italian books and magazines in Toronto? It just might be the brand new Dufferin/St. Clair branch of the Toronto Public Library. Set to open this Tuesday after more than a year of renovations, the library also features free WiFi, 23 computers and accessible and state of the art everything.

The heritage building which first opened in 1921 has undergone extensive renovations that have helped restore many of its original features while at the same time upgrading the facilities with all the latest tech and modern conveniences. I took a sneak peak earlier this week and was amazed to see the restoration of murals that date back to the 1920s.

Library Murals

Those who remember what this library was like before construction commenced last July will probably be a bit surprised to see them since they've been covered up since an ill-conceived "upgrade" back in the 1960s when they were unceremoniously painted over.

But now they're back, and along with an electric fireplace and some comfy chairs they'll provide the perfect backdrop for a mid-afternoon browse of some glossy Italian fashion mags.

More photos of the new space:

Kids LibraryDufferin St. Clair Library

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