Colour it in: U of G’s McLaughlin Library

Artist and geographer Daniel Rotsztain, a master of landscape architecture student, filled much of his free time last year on a personal quest: to draw each of Toronto’s 100 public libraries. Travelling across the city by bus, bicycle, streetcar and train, he sketched each library branch over the course of two months. His collection, which he calls a “love letter to the library,” was recently published as a colouring book, called All the Libraries Toronto (Dundurn Press).

Portico wanted to get in on the fun, so we asked Rotsztain to draw U of G’s McLaughlin Library, which he likes because of its “quiet bustle” and the delicate balance expressed in its architecture: “A brutalist concrete structure that nevertheless lets in lots of light.”

Just like Rotsztain’s collection, we’re also presenting it to you as a colouring page — tear it out (or download the image), dig out your favourite pencil crayons and take some time to be creative this summer. We’d love to see your finished creation — email or tweet us a picture (@porticomag) and we’ll share it online.


To view all of Rotsztain’s library illustrations, visit