The Fort York Public Library will contain 35,000 new books and library materials, DJ equipment, a 3D printer, WiFi-available learning spaces and panoramic views of the Toronto shoreline.
It was also funded entirely by developers — a first in city.
Toronto Public Library partnered with developer Context Development to build the 16,000 square foot community space in the midst of an area filled with condominiums. The building was designed by KPMB Architects to fit into the area, which has been called the Library District.
The Fort York branch would've been the city's 100th library, but the Urban Affairs branch was closed in 2011.
The branch is one of the public library's Digital Innovation Hubs. Including the 3D technologies, it will have a host of devices for public use including Chromebooks, iPads, MacBooks, Microsoft Surface, Samsung Galaxy Note, HD digital cameras, audio and video production tools, Arduinos, or Raspberry Pis.