Reason Why I Love Toronto #15
The Toronto Reference Library
This is honour of the Margaret Atwoods win against Doug Ford! Basically there was a “Why My Library Matters to Me” challenge. And the results of that challenge came in today and the the answer to Why My Library Matters to Me drew more than twice as many entries as the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition’s rival “Lower taxes are good for Toronto because…” contest. Also yesterday marked the last day that the Toronto Urban Affairs Library was open whose collection focused specifically on urban planning and the history and politics of cities.
This then got me thinking of another reason I love Toronto….The reference library. The first time I went in there I was amazed! Five Floors, Glass elevators, a pond, a ton of computers and section where you can listen to Vinyl records, which I hope my reading audience understands that term or do I feel really old.
The library was opened in 1977 and was designed by Raymond Moriyama and is the biggest reference library in Canada. A majority of the books cannot leave the library, but there are some that are allowed to leave the premises. The library carries records, CD’s, films, books, monographs, periodicals, musical scores (and trust me being a music major had me there reading scores all the time)
The library also has an Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. They even have a room on the 5th floor built like Holmes study on 221B Baker St. As well they have the Baldwin room is a collection related to Upper Canada and early Toronto
Now wit the current revitalization project which will have a glass area above the entrance, the library will just be more beautiful than it already is…the sad part is the bay blocks its major view so most tourists walking down Yonge and Bloor, won’t see it unless they travel north on Yonge.
Regardless, LET’S KEEP OUR LIBRARIES OPEN!! Because they are
Why I Love Toronto