The Jesse Ketchum Library is a great place to sit and read, browse or visit. We have wonderful collection of Christian resources ranging from fiction to devotionals, Bible studies, biographies, books on contemporary issues and commentaries. If you want light reading or if you want to go deep you will find what you need here.

Use the link below to search our online catalogue from home.  Only a small portion of our collection is currently catalogued in the new computer system, but new books are added weekly. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, contact Wendy and we can check the rest of the collection.

The library is located on the main floor just behind and beside the Winchester Room on the South West corner. You can enter through the Winchester Room or through the hall outside the small kitchen.

Items can be borrowed for a 4 week period. Return items to the box in the library marked ‘returns’ or to the library drop box in the door in the hall outside the Winchester room.

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Are you interested in helping out in the library?

Volunteer needs include:

  • shelving books during the week
  • checking out books after Sunday morning or evening services
  • cataloguing books and managing the collection

If you think you would like to help, or would just like more information, contact Wendy:  knoxtorontolibrary@gmail.com

The purpose of the Jesse Ketchum Library at Knox Presbyterian Church is to support the work of our congregation and the spiritual growth of its members and participants. This is accomplished through the provision of materials that provide information, recreation, spiritual guidance or education/worship resources. While many historic items are part of the library collection, the library is not intended to be an archive.

For more details on our Vision and Policies, see below.

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The Jesse Ketchum Library is dedicated to the memory of Jesse Ketchum, pioneer benefactor and founder of Knox Church.

Knox has long had a library in one form or another–even when it was operated from a large box in the corridor beside what is now the Winchester Room.

Reima Robertson, Knox librarian since the 1960’s, was advised that a long time ago, a member of the Board kept a suitcase of books and lent them out every Sunday morning. A while later a bookcase was put in the back hallway, and the Bible School became responsible for stocking the library. Reima notes that in 1959, the room which is now the nursery was being used as an all-purpose room, and this included a library.

When the Fellowship Centre was constructed in 1961, space for a library was provided adjacent to the Common Room, where all the young people’s meetings convened. In no time it was well stocked with current biblical and theological works, commentaries, dictionaries, and Bible study material. Although it was accessible to the younger crowd, it was not convenient for the congregation at large as it was far away and accessed via a flight of stairs.

In 1970, the library was relocated to the Winchester Room and cabinets were constructed along the north wall. This arrangement soon proved inadequate and, as part of Knox 150, Phase II, the library was moved to what had been known as the Social Room. After extensive renovations there was a service of dedication and the room, which was shared with the choir, was renamed the Jesse Ketchum Room and the library, the Jesse Ketchum Library. The library remains in this space today.

The book collection at that time of the move numbered around 2,000. Another major step was to re-catalogue all books and videos in the Dewey Decimal System. This recataloguing of the library began in the early 1980s when things were still done manually.Through gifts from the Katie Snyder Martin Trust the library was given a computer on which the books and videos have been entered and indexed. We are grateful to those in the congregation who have helped us over these busy days.

The library was renovated in 1995 through the generosity of the Katie Snyder Martin Trust, administered by the Rev. George Lowe, and the Board of Managers of Knox.

In 2013 a new computer and user friendly software were acquired and reading chairs for young and old were provided to entice new users into the space.

While many individuals have been involved with the library over the years, Reima Robertson served faithfully as Knox librarian for more than 50 years.

We are currently not accepting donations to the library as we are in the midst of transferring the collection to a new computer catalogue system. For more information see the policies & forms link for our donation policy.

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Wendy Rogalski

Interim Librarian, Church and Ministry Coordinator

(416) 921-8993 ext. 239
knoxtorontolibrary@gmail.com