Toronto Reference Library Opened 45 Years Ago Today

The Moriyama & Teshima Architects-designed Toronto Reference Library opened to the public 45 years ago today! MTA led the design of this significant civic facility throughout the 1970’s, pushing the envelope of distinctive architectural expression – unique from any library constructed in Ontario before that time.

“Metro Library is my perfection”.
– Raymond Moriyama, Lead Architect

For nearly 5 decades, the TRL has been the ‘heart’ of the Toronto Public Library system, providing support to a network of 99 public neighbourhood branch libraries, central collections, meeting places, computer labs, and an impressive array of services, resources, and community outreach initiatives. Since our original design was brought to fruition, the Toronto Reference Library has been an ongoing client of the firm’s. Over the past 3 decades, we have undertaken several extensive additions, upgrades, and modernization projects to elevate user experience.

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