About Toronto Reference Library

Iconic, vital, a national treasure

When your guests step inside Toronto Reference Library, they are greeted by a grand sweeping atrium.

This iconic Raymond Moriyama-designed building is the only public Reference Library in Canada. It offers extensive resources and comprehensive collections.

The Reference Library is a destination where people connect with each other, with historical and literary collections, and with programs featuring Canada’s finest writers, artists and thinkers.

The Appel Salon: A literary and cultural commons

More than just an event venue, The Appel Salon is a premiere public space for civic discourse and community engagement. It is a place where Torontonians can freely participate in accessible, eclectic, and compelling cultural programming.

Since 2009, the Appel Salon has welcomed a who's who line-up, including Blue Jay owner Paul Beeston, authors Geraldine Brooks, Austin Clarke, Tim Flannery, Donna Leon, Henning Mankell, Anita Shreve, Alexander McCall Smith, Jeanette Winterson, and many others.