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November 20, 2001
Newly Refurbished Toronto Star Newspaper Centre now Reopened at Toronto Reference Library
In response to customer demand, Toronto Public Library (TPL) is pleased to
announce that the newly refurbished Toronto Star Newspaper Centre is now open.
Funded in part by a $2.5 million sponsorship from The Toronto Star, visitors to
the Centre can look forward to:
  • More space - now approximately 10,000 sq. ft., as compared to 6,500 sq. ft. formerly
  • More access - high speed Internet access terminals featuring high resolution, flat panel 17" monitors (9 terminals in total); access for people with disabilities
  • More comfort - a larger lounge area, specially designed reading tables
  • Less noise - physical separation of equipment for reduced sound intrusion
Improvements were made in response to the increased demand for
current local, national and international news online. Formerly, the Centre
served approximately 1500 people weekly (not including Sunday service); staff
members expect to be able to now accommodate up to 500 more people weekly. The
Centre will make available 84 worldwide titles, including 39 Canadian titles in
45 languages.

Also, expanded access via NewsConnect, our electronic gateway, allows TPL to
extend the newspaper collection in a budget-sensitive environment. Features
  • A range of media such as newspapers, radio and television including video-streaming
  • Language support in international fonts including Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese and Persian
  • Titles such as Japan Times, which are only available online
  • Most publications available on the day of publication
  • Some services are updated every 10 minutes for timely access
No other
public library system in Canada offers comparable facilities or this level of
service. This initiative puts TPL on the level of other world-class facilities
including the National Library of Canada, the New York and the Los Angeles
Public Library systems.

"We are thrilled to be able to provide such a high quality service in this
modern, updated environment," says City Librarian Josephine Bryant. "The
Toronto Star Newspaper Centre allows us to meet the information needs of
Toronto's diverse population in a manner that truly contributes to the idea of
a global community. We are grateful to The Toronto Star for their generous
sponsorship and hope that their generosity inspires others."

For more information on Toronto Public Library, visit our website at

Media Contact
Media Contacts:
Tita Zierer, Marketing & Communications Officer
Blaine McKenzie, Marketing & Communications Officer



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