The Toronto Public Library has recently added recording studios to the resources available to library users. There are recording studios at the following Toronto Public Library locations: Toronto Reference Library, Fort York, Agincourt (part time recording studio space), and Albion (part time recording studio space). The hubs at Downsview and Scarborough Civic Center do not have recording studios.
The studio spaces provides users a quiet environment and equipment and software to work on audio and visual projects: a new movie; shoot a commercial; work on a video for school; record a song; or create a podcast.
The studio is available free of charge during regular library hours. You can book the studio at either the Toronto Reference Library, or the studio at Fort York by calling the library location. A valid Toronto Public Library card is required.
Other things to know:
- Reservations are limited to a maximum of two hours a day
- Reservations can be made up to three business days in advance at Toronto Reference Library and a week in advance at Fort York Branch. No bookings on Sunday
- Only 1 member of a group is allowed to book for the group
- Reservations are held for 10 minutes, so make sure you arrive on time
- Drop-in use is possible if the Studio is available
- An adult must accompany children under 10 years at all times
- The purpose of the Studio is for audio and video production. If you need to edit your project afterwards, please book one of the workstations available in the Digital Innovation Hub.
- Be mindful of sound levels, the space is not soundproof
The library asks for your corporation in maintaining a welcome environment conducive to study and enjoyable use of the library. Staff make every effort to apply these rules in a fair, dignified and positive manner for the benefit for all.
Visit the Toronto Public Library website for information about the equipment available at the start of your booking and to find out what additional equipment can be signed out to your library card.