MEMBERSHIP

To become a member, all you need to do is to visit the library during hours of operation, fill out an application form and pay a one-time membership registration fee of $5.

OUR COLLECTION

The MMI library holds the largest collection of Czech and Slovak books open to the public in Canada. Our book collection has over 9,500 books.

ABOUT THE LIBRARY

The Masaryk Hall Library was created in the 1940s. Our current library grew from the previous collection and was established in 1991 by Julie Novotná, a professional librarian.

Tel #: 416-439-4354 

Please note that due to the current CoronaVirus outbreak that the library will be closed. Please check back for updates.

Temporarty library hours: Wednesdays 4pm-6pm

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently looking for volunteers to help with the library. Individuals with some experience in a library would be most helpful. Please send an email to office@masaryktown.ca.

OUR BOOKS

In addition to books of general interest, the library has several special interest sections:

 

Masarykana
Books about and by the first Czechoslovak President, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk. The section also contains archival documents regarding T. G. Masaryk.

Rare Books
Here we have hard-to-find Czech books, including many series of special editions. These two sections present an ideal resource for students of philosophy, European history or those interested in Czech and Slovak history between WWI and WWII.

Exile Literature
Until 1990, this was the largest collection of Czechoslovak exile literature in the world. Today,  our catalogue remains a silent witness of the troubled times of communist oppression of our people from 1948 to 1989.

The books in this section were written by authors who were banned in former Czechoslovakia but were published abroad. Many of these were published by the remarkable Sixty-Eight Publishers, owned and operated by Zdena Salivarová and Josef Škvorecký from Toronto. Josef Škvorecký is an internationally acclaimed author, whose novel ‘The Engineer of Human Souls’ won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 1984.

ABOUT US

Masaryk Memorial Institute is a Canadian non-profit organization based in Toronto, Ontario that has been serving people of Czech and Slovak origin living in Canada since 1945.

ADDRESS

Tel: (416) 439-4354

450 Scarborough Golf Club Road
Toronto, ON M1G 1H1

 

office@masaryktown.ca

OFFICE HOURS

Mon: Closed

Tues: 9:30-5:30PM

Wed: 9:30-5:30PM

Thur: 9:30-5:30PM

Fri: 9:30-5:30PM

Sat/Sun: Closed

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