Our unique library was established by a professional librarian (Julie Novotná) in 1991 from the existing collection of the previous Masaryk Hall library which was created in the 1940s.
450B Scarborough Golf Club Rd.
(in the main building of the Masaryktown Residences on the 2nd floor)
Hours: Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
To become a member, all you need is to visit the library during opening hours, fill out an application and pay a one-time membership registration fee: adults $5.00, students and seniors $1.00
|Book||$0.20 (adults only)||3 weeks|
|Audio tape or CD||$0.50||3 weeks|
|Video or DVD||$3.00 (one free item with rental of 3)||1 week|
Tel. (416) 439-0792 during library hours only. Other inquiries call MMI Office at (416) 439-4354
About Our Collection
The MMI library holds the largest collection of Czech and Slovak books open to public in Canada. Our book collection has over 8,500 books.
In addition to books of general interest, the library has several special interest sections:
Books about and by the first Czechoslovak President, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk. The section also contains archival documents regarding T. G. Masaryk.
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.
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.
Our video collection of popular Czech and Slovak films has over 1000 titles. From the pre-WWII classics to recent Czech blockbusters, if you like films of a different variety than those found on the shelves of North American video stores, check us out!
Twice a year, we organize sales where duplicates and books not selected for our collection are available for purchase. Prices are usually $1.00 per volume. For special announcements of book sales and other library events, check our newspaper ‘New Homeland’ or the Events section on our website.