Bookworms rejoice. And everyone else! Partying among the stacks has been popular ever since the Toronto Reference Library opened the doors on its fabulous multi-functional Bram & Bluma Appel Salon eight years ago. Today, events have several on-site options at the central location, including the Beeton Hall Events Centre with wood panelling and exposed brick accenting its four rooms that adjoin for a full conference suite. After library hours, add in reception and mingling room with the open-concept space of levels one, two and five with views upwards and overlooking the library’s spectacular central atrium. Smaller events can locate in the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections or the main level serpentine-shaped TD Gallery.
With a dedicated in-house events team, rental fees are an important revenue stream for library funding. The library recently added three other branches to its rental roster, each with its own stylish characteristics. The two-story glassed-in beauty of the Fort York Library affords spectacular views of Fort York, the city and lake. Elegant architecture and archways grace the Bloor/Gladstone location, a designated heritage building. Natural wood interior and panoramic windows define the open layout of the Scarborough Civic Centre Library. Check out the library’s new venue rental website for details.