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Toronto Public Library - Toronto Reference Library

Toronto Public Library - Toronto Reference Library

Rosedale, Toronto
  • Marvin
    "Best place to study in Toronto."(6 Tips)
    Julia C.
    "It's 2014 and this library can't afford a reliable wifi."(13 Tips)
    Jim M.
    "You can book study rooms for groups of 2 or more for FREE!"(2 Tips)
    Chris R.
    "Free WiFi, loads of space to sit and read."(2 Tips)
59 Tips and reviews
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  • Claudia B.
    Claudia BarriosFebruary 5, 2014
    If you're a student on a budget this is a great place to do some studying or research while enjoying a $2.05 medium dark coffee from Balzacs. They have a great selection of regular coffee.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RichardsDecember 17, 2015
    Great spot for a break from the city. Free WiFi, loads of space to sit and read. Plenty of sockets.
  • Kenn
    KennMay 26
    3rd floor, 3 desks (no power outlets though) hidden behind the open auditorium area on the south side; 'private' glass offices that can be reserved on 2nd, 3rd, 4th floors
  • Gustavo A.
    Gustavo AsenjoFebruary 28, 2015
    Unfortunately the wifi signal is weak (not all the time though). Bring your earphones, some people do not know how to be on silence! The infrastructure is cool!
  • Pierre Nick
    Pierre NickFebruary 27, 2015
    Great place to be work. Top floor by the windows offers extra silence at the cost of a weaker wifi signal.
  • May L.
    May LiJune 25, 2010
    The only place to work in this library is on the fourth floor by the windows. Incredible view. Be aware the Internet firewalls external e-mail. No hope for GroupWise users.
  • Jared B.
    Jared BondApril 9, 2011
    Free wifi makes this the best place to work on an essay. Great amount of tables and wall outlets as well.
  • Nikko L.
    Nikko LopenaFebruary 16
    Very nice with a large selection of books. Great to study if you find a seat
  • Cassie M.
    Cassie MFebruary 4, 2015
    Amazingly huge and quiet. A good place to go to study and read.
  • Lee P.
    Lee P.March 16, 2013
    The free WiFi is nice here when it works. If you have a smartphone you can tether for a more reliable connection! :)
  • Connie C.
    Connie CrosbyDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Gift shop now open! Books, notebooks, T-shirts and other great swag.
  • Maria C.
    Maria CApril 30, 2011
    I feel like I've walked into a museum every time. Love the feeling of looking up and seeing all the floors coiling up
  • Jipsi K.
    Jipsi KJune 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Pro Tip: wifi is best on the 1st and 2nd floors, anything above is a crap shoot at best.
  • Anya G.
    Anya GregorySeptember 10, 2014
    Loads of space at this library. Great selection of research books.
  • Anastasia
    AnastasiaSeptember 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are interested in nanotechnology,you wont find too many books about it))
  • Darwin P.
    Darwin PalmaApril 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out their store. Cool stuff here!
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxApril 22, 2016
    Walk up to the 5th floor and quietly become Sherlock Holmes in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle room.
  • Caroline F.
    Caroline FernandezFebruary 1, 2010
    the first time i visited the toronto ref, i was dazzled by row-after-row of bookshelves. perfect for a date or rendez-vous over poetry with the longterm partner:P
  • Min-Ji K.
    Min-Ji KimJuly 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You'd think this library were the amusement park w. the hoard of ppl outside each morning waiting for it's opening.
  • Anu S.
    Anu SheJuly 21, 2013
    This place has an amazing collection of books on Public Relations.
  • Rez D.
    Rez DSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This library is so awesome, they allow birds to educate too.
  • James S.
    James StandenFebruary 8, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Make this your primary coding location for a software startup. Free wifi (bit slow in the afternoon, admitedly)- lots of reference material, right next to Starbucks, Tim Hortons. Code Code Code.
  • Audley S.
    Audley StephensonOctober 1, 2010
    The renovations means that you have to walk a bit further north to get in but I'm it'll be worth it when its all done.
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GoldwaterApril 28, 2016
    Watch your stuff w care - some sketchy characters abide
  • Jess C.
    Jess CarrollDecember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Homeless people haven. If I was homeless, I would totally come here and get mad smart by reading all the books.
  • Toni G.
    Toni GuerreroJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Lights are rare to work on the 5th floor, but super quiet up there
  • Sandra G.
    Sandra GornallOctober 24, 2009
    Go to Special Collections on the 4th floor and look up your address in one of the old city directories to see who lived there in 1946. Read more
  • Robin J.
    Robin JohannsenMay 13, 2015
    Book a study pod on the 3rd floor.
  • Christine K.
    Christine KordaDecember 3, 2015
    Amazing...what else can I say.
  • Yang N.
    Yang NiNovember 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place with sufficient references
  • Ron N.
    Ron NMay 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Be nice to the librarians!!!
  • Dece K.
    Dece KumDecember 9, 2013
    Great place for library freaks :)
  • Marvin
    MarvinJanuary 13, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Best place to study in Toronto.
  • Julia C.
    Julia CarrierApril 3, 2014
    It's 2014 and this library can't afford a reliable wifi. Not enough copies and a lot of noise to be considered a library.
  • Teresa C.
    Teresa ChengApril 27, 2011
    Good luck finding a place to sit when you need to plug in your laptop
  • Collin D.
    Collin DoumaNovember 17, 2009
    The quietest, best place in the city to get work done. Complete with free WIFI
  • Mauricio🍁🌍🌎🌏🍁 M.
    Busy but still quiet 😊!
  • Kenneth D.
    Kenneth DownsOctober 1, 2010
    This place is HUGE! Really nice library, check it out.
  • media a.
    media acrobatMarch 13, 2012
    The Cube is filled with tranquility and sunlight.
  • Jim M.
    Jim MorrisonSeptember 16, 2010
    You can book study rooms for groups of 2 or more for FREE!
  • Lisa T.
    Lisa ThompsonOctober 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Renovations are looking good! I practically lived my academic life here. So nostalgic!
  • Pauline W.
    Pauline WongJune 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Wear layers. It's quite cool in here
  • Lisa C.
    Lisa CharleyboyFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Public WiFi is too spotty to be relied on. Use your personal hotspot instead.
  • Sanders L.
    Sanders LazierApril 8, 2011
    Free toronto star newspapers by the 1st floor washroom in the morning
  • Comics212
    Comics212November 19, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing services!
  • Paulette H.
    Paulette HamiltonFebruary 25, 2016
    Fixed my face up
  • Del S.
    Del StephenMay 17, 2016
    The reference CD/vinyl collection
  • Tiina J.
    Tiina JenkinsFebruary 15, 2013
    Wifi is veeery slow!
  • Lucia S.
    Lucia SonMarch 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Book a study room for two people if all you're going to do is set up your laptops & gossip while everybody else is trying to get work done. Be bloody considerate to others who have nowhere else to go.
  • Steph C.
    Steph CloutierFebruary 20, 2014
    The wi-if is hit or miss.
  • Markus L.
    Markus LaiMay 6, 2012
    So many exhibitors here for TCAF!
  • Edward P.
    Edward PassosJune 9, 2015
    Unfortunately some people can't stay away of their cell phones, and some can talk really loudly...
  • Balca A.
    Balca ArdaJuly 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    wireless does not work properly..
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BurgessNovember 17, 2011
    Absolutely stunning.
  • Aliana L. I.
    Aliana L. IharosiApril 30, 2014
    The WIFI sucks here.
  • William T.
    William TranSeptember 13, 2011
    I didn't even know this was here!!
  • ricardo
    ricardoJuly 18, 2010
    check it out
  • Connie C.
    Connie CrosbyNovember 5, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    use the free wifi
  • Masahiro
    MasahiroJanuary 31
    This huge library can't borrow books. Just reference library. But so quiet spot. 日本にもおいてくれよというほど大きな図書館。ただし、閲覧のみの図書館。3D プリンター や Mac Pro も使えます。なお、1st floor にはカフェあり
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