January 23, 2022

Locally-Owned Coffee House Set To Open in Toronto Reference Library

The Toronto Reference Library is one of the many branches in the Toronto Public Library system, the busiest urban library system in the world.

Later this month locally-owned Balzac’s Coffee Roasters will open in the library and a new article from BlogTO tells the story of the coffee house and its owner.

We love everything about this story.

From the Article:

When Balzac’s Coffee Roasters’ new location at Toronto Reference Library opens later this month, founder and co-owner Diana Olsen’s entrepreneurial odyssey will have come full circle.

[Emphasis Ours] “I love the Reference Library. When I first moved to Toronto in 1991, it was one of my hangouts,” Olsen, 48, says. “I lived right by there and spent countless hours in the library doing research for opening my company. It’s near and dear to my heart.”


The new library location will also lend itself to creative inspiration from its literary-rich surroundings. “I work with a lot of writers. I have many friends who are writers. For any writers that want to do a reading, we will make our space available,” says Olsen, as she dreams out loud with a summery glass of lemonade.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.