Explore Scott Library during Doors Open Toronto, May 28 and 29 

Libraries atrium

York University will participate in Doors Open Toronto May 28 and 29, and visitors will be invited to explore the architecture and art of Scott Library.

This is the first time York University Libraries (YUL) is participating in the annual tour, which features more than 100 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance to the city of Toronto that open their doors to the public for this free city-wide event. 

Scott Library’s Doors Open programming will take place on Saturday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Scott Library is a five-storey building on York’s Keele Campus that is home to the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Media Creation Lab, Learning Commons, Adaptive Lab, Sound and Moving Image Library, Map Library, thousands of books, many works of visual art, and more. It was constructed in 1971 and is an example of post-modern architecture. A master space plan for future renovations to Scott Library, called “A Vision and Functional Space Program” was completed in February 2021.

Doors Open exhibits and activities will include:  
  • Building Scott Library: Archival documents and images depicting Scott Library’s planning and construction. 
  • The Future of Scott Library: A digital exhibit depicting plans to renovate and rejuvenate Scott Library, including details from the Master Space Plan. 
  • The Art of Scott Library: A self-guided tour for participants – follow the signs to discover various works of art throughout the library, scan a corresponding QR code to learn more about the art and artists
  • Filming Scott Library: A digital exhibit with student films featuring/filmed in Scott Library played on a loop. 

Scott Library was listed as one of the top 15 buildings to see at Doors Open Toronto 2022 by blogTO.