About TPL's Lillian H. Smith Branch
The history of the Lillian H. Smith branch begins long before the current building was built. Named in honour of one of the pioneers of children's libraraianship, the library houses both the Merril Collection of Speculative Fiction and the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Literature.
Besides these two renowned reference collections (non-circulating books) it continues to offer a very popular circulating collection of both children's and adult books, a wide range of dynamic programming for people of all ages, and the Internet access that allows for particpation in our increasingly digital age.
The branch also links you and your neighbours to the collections of a hundred other libraries in Toronto: you can borrow and return books from anywhere in the system. Not only that, you can use the wifi or the library computers to access and use many online resources:
- search online databases, magazines and journals for research and study (your free library card lets you learn how to fix your car, learn how to use technology or to speak another language, keep up-to-date in your business or career or just read newspapers and magazines like Consumer Reports)
- download e-books and e-audiobooks
- live-stream movies and music, magazines and other popular subscription media
- look at historical pictures and documents from your local neighbourhood, the whole city of Toronto or from across Ontario via the library's Digital Archive
The Lillian H. Smith branch is an important community hub, helping children succeed in school and newcomers find their way. It's a place where neighbours meet, and where people can learn new skills or share their love of books, of cooking, of crafts or building or... come on by today to see what we can mean to you!