The Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge St. now houses the collection of the Urban Affairs Library (formerly located at Metro Hall), a specialized collection devoted to all aspects of urban planning and local government. Each week, TPL librarians Cynthia Fisher and Bessie Nellopoulos will select titles of books that can be found at the Library that complement the themes discussed in each chapter of Arrival City.
Let us introduce ourselves. We, Cynthia Fisher and Bessie Nellopoulos, are librarians at the Toronto Reference Library, the largest branch of the Toronto Public Library system, one of the largest public libraries in the world. With 99 branches, we serve over 2.5 million users and circulate over 32 million items. Our intention is to highlight our collection at the Toronto Reference Library.
The Toronto Reference Library itself holds over 4.5 million items (many of them non-circulating/ reference only) including books, magazines, audio-visual materials, microforms, maps, transcripts, art work, music scores, vertical files and more.
We will provide a listing of items from our collection to complement each chapter of Arrival City. To show you the vast range of our collection, we will cite older items as well as new, print and electronic, magazines, newspapers and journals where appropriate, and movies (DVD or VHS) if available.
Most of the topics touched on in Arrival City are found on the second floor, Humanities and Social Sciences Department. Many of the titles are available for loan at other branches.
Some of the key words used to research these topics are:
Rural-Urban, Migration, Urbanization, Developing countries, Sociology, Settlements, Immigration, Emigration, Housing, Suburbs, Social conditions, Economic conditions
Arrival City: Chapter 1 – On the Edge of the City
Sometimes the Library has things on the specific places mentioned in the book; sometimes there are titles related to the areas or countries. Planet of Slums is referred to by Doug Saunders as an endnote title, as is Maximum City:
Davis, Mike, 1946- . 2006, 228 p.
Mehta, Suketu. 2004, 542 p.
The State of the World’s Cities reports are issued by the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements. See:
The state of the world’s cities, 2001-,
Print Magazines, Newspapers & Journals
You will also see various articles cited in the Notes from newspapers. The Toronto Reference Library houses an extraordinary collection of international papers in The Toronto Star Newspaper Room. Papers are available in various formats: film, fiche and on electronic databases. These are available for viewing, copying or downloading.
Chapter One deals with Liu Gong Li, China and the Tower Hamlets of London, England. Here are a few things from the 1980’s on London and the Tower Hamlets.
Glassberg, Andrew D. 1981, 232 p.
1983, 186 p.
Tower Hamlets (London, England)
London (England)–Race relations
Hall, Tarquin, 2005, 270 p.
Logan, John. 2007, 361 p.
Loyalka, Michelle Dammon, 1972- . 2012, 264 p.
Pai, Hsiao-Hung. 2012, 302 p.
Also available as an e-book
Cannon, Terry, 1948- . 2000, 315 p.
Whyte, Martin King. 2010, 445 p.
Besides the regular trade books, sometimes you can find conference proceedings. Here’s an example:
If you are looking for something to give you a sense of today’s China, the landscape and the people, have a look at:
Aung-Thwin, Mila ; Cross, Daniel ; Fan, Lixin. 2011, DVD, 1 videodisc (87 min.) :