Toronto Reference Library #TPLFoodHunt

Lisa and I decided the next library to visit would be relatively close in vicinity to our offices.  This led us to one of my favourite libraries in Toronto — the Reference Library.  I remember the first time I stepped into this library back when I was researching some materials for a history paper — walking into this institution was one of the few times I felt inspired.

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This is a part of the #TPLFoodHunt exploration series.

Lisa and I decided the next library to visit would be relatively close in vicinity to our offices.  This led us to one of my favourite libraries in Toronto — the Reference Library.  I remember the first time I stepped into this library back when I was researching some materials for a history paper — walking into this institution was one of the few times I felt inspired.

This was what a library should feel like!  Times have changed and the Toronto Reference Library has gone through some major renovations.  In addition to the 5 floors of great reference material and a number of special collections, this library now even hosts a small retail store and cafe.  This is great for anyone who wants to grab a quick bite or drink without stepping outside — particularly during the cold winters.  But what if you still have a craving for something different?  We’ll get to that later.

The rather glamourous front entrance of the Toronto Reference Library.
The rather glamourous front entrance of the Toronto Reference Library.
A look down the cascading levels of the library.
A look down the cascading levels of the library.

I’ve always enjoyed just sitting in this library and just taking in the atmosphere.  Whether it was just observing the other folks or just the ambient noise and light, this place can compete against the fanciest of coffee shops and cafes in the city.

I enjoy the beautiful architecture of the Reference Library.  Particularly because it lets in so much natural light.
I enjoy the beautiful architecture of the Reference Library.  Particularly because it lets in so much natural light.

Toronto Reference Library

Photo above by Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Toronto Reference Library also has some interesting tidbits about it.  Due to its brilliant architecture, it has been the filming location for a number of movies.  One of the more recent and notable ones would be Red (2010), with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Karl Urban, Mary-Louise Parker, and Helen Mirren.

Looking down at the makeshift auditorium and stage on the ground level of the library.
Looking down at the makeshift auditorium and stage on the ground level of the library.

For lunch, Lisa found a great little lunch place, Eat a Pita, just steps away from the Toronto Reference LIbrary.  Practically across the street.  Great place for take out but not so much for eating in — it’s quite small but that shouldn’t pose a problem because you can take your schwarma plate or pita.  What’s even better is that the lunch special is $5 or $6 — hard to find that sort of deal around town these days.  I’ll leave it to Lisa to dish out details over the food.

Our meal of choice:  Eat a Pita -- with a great $5/$6 lunch special!
Our meal of choice:  Eat a Pita — with a great $5/$6 lunch special!