Book warms can rejoice, because a beloved and historic neighbourhood library branch is finally opening its doors again after years of renovations.
The Wychwood Toronto Library branch is located near Bathurst and St Clair Ave W, and was built back in 1916.
The building is now declared a heritage property, and underwent an extensive renovation process to revamp the building and increase its public service area.
Wychwood has been keeping people up to date with all the renovations on Twitter, providing an exclusive look at the library’s new interior.
We look forward to seeing you back in the branch! Staff are working hard to prepare the branch for reopening in mid-September. We know you will love the new design, programs and services planned. See you soon! pic.twitter.com/7OAvs6DJ1c
— Wychwood Library (@TPLWychwood) August 12, 2022
The renovated space includes a new spiral staircase, spacious mezzanine, textured carpets, newly planted trees and garden, and airy study booths.
Photo of the 2nd Floor in the original part of the building
— Wychwood Library (@TPLWychwood) March 7, 2022
Some of the building’s old elements are still kept in tact, maintaining a connection to the library’s long history and nostalgic feel.
The old windows are still lovely !
— Wychwood Library (@TPLWychwood) April 22, 2022
The renovations also included a re-designed floor layout to provide barrier-free access, an increased quiet study, as well as a lounge and reading space.
This is the Hall between the original building and the new addition.
— Wychwood Library (@TPLWychwood) April 4, 2022
They’ve also created new outdoor spaces to extend the library beyond the building, and revitalized the streetscape around it.
— Wychwood Library (@TPLWychwood) December 23, 2021
Wychwood will reopen to the public starting Monday, Oct. 3.