Tantalising Toronto Library

Toronto Public Library

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Visited four amazing libraries yesterday -full on day, see second post for branch libraries. The Toronto Reference Library was reminiscent of our old Central Library with a 70s look but refreshed and inspiring. Lovely atrium creating the sense of where to next! Also glass lifts if you don’t wish to use the stairs. No escalator and while at the time this was seen as short sighted now it’s viewed as progressive.

Light, airy, and a wide variety of happenings for the customer in terms of specialist collections, programmimg and reference support. The learning centres are varied in purpose from computers in dedicated spaces, dedicated rooms for learning and a maker space staffed by Digital Design Technicians who deliver programmes, assist customers with 3D printer and design help, customers printing their own books – real cool along with audio and video production.

These DDT staff also support the branches with pop up mobile labs that are out on rotation with the DDT to facilitate drop ins, books ins, programmes and staff learning.

Collections – approximately a third on display, the rest elsewhere but can be accessed on request. Lots of compactums. Arthur Conan Doyle collection a highlight – dedicated themed space and a librarian with the true gift of storytelling. Anyone can pop in, relax and select from this wonderful collection. You can also loan musical instruments – well used and valued resource.

The Reference area is also a seller for weddings with the couple married at the top with guests seated below – nice little revenue earner.

Technology pervasive. Lost count of the screens and number of computers. Cool lighting as well.


Public Libraries Victoria Network: Great Library Tour 4 2016

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