Six more Toronto Public Library branches will be open Sundays year-round thanks to a City of Toronto strategy.
Mayor John Tory says the move means investing in people by bringing library access to neighbourhoods which need it most.
“By expanding library hours, families with children have a place to visit and learn on the weekends, students who attend school year round will have a place to study and do research, and entrepreneurs and small business owners will have a work space,” Tory said in a statement.
The move is part of the city’s Poverty Reduction Strategy as a way to give people access to safe space, technology, information and resources year-round.
“This program, along with several other measures in the Poverty Reduction Strategy, will make a difference in people’s lives, provide opportunity, and make our city a fairer and more inclusive place to live,” Tory said.
It also helps families who stay in the city during the summer by offering programs to children, as well as providing technology to small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Starting on Sunday, the following branches will be open Sundays year-round:
- Albert Campbell (Birchmount Road and Danforth Road)
- Barbara Frum (Lawrence Ave. West and Bathurst Street)
- Fairview (Don Mills Road and Sheppard Ave. East)
- Brentwood (Royal York Road and Bloor Street West)
- S. Walter Stewart (Coxwell Ave and Mortimer Ave.)
- York Woods (Jane Street and Finch Ave. West)
City librarian Vickery Bowles said community reaction to increased Sunday hours over the past few years has been “terrific.”
“Many people like to come in on Sundays to catch up on work or reading, attend a program with their child, or to take advantage of the welcoming public space. We’re looking forward to welcoming more people on Sundays this summer,” Bowles said in a press release.
Thirty-three Toronto Public Library branches are open on Sundays during the school year and 14 are open year-round. Click here for a complete list.