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The name “Aaniin,” pronounced [ah-nee], means “hello” or “welcome” in Ojibway. The name was chosen to welcome Markham’s many diverse communities, to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, and in honour of our First Nations people.

Aaniin Community Centre & Library is the City’s latest facility. The 122,000-square-foot, fully accessible LEED Gold facility is located on more than 13 acres of land and has state-of-the-art amenities and features.

Amenities and Features

Our aquatics area includes a 25-metre, 6 lane swimming pool with rock climbing wall, a warm 131-square-metre teaching and leisure pool with a current walk, and a whirlpool.

Indoor Playground

Children of all ages will be thrilled to explore each nook and cranny. Featuring 4,000 feet of play space, the areas will provide hours of fun and laughter. Slides, climbing stations, tunnels, riding toys and more will keep them busy! 

Multisensory Room

The multisensory room is an immersive environment which has been specifically designed to develop the user's senses. It includes special sensory equipment which can either stimulate the user's mental activity, provide a relaxing environment or promote interaction.  The centre will be open for drop-in during specific times and for registered programming including mediation, baby gym, and music programs.

Youth Room

The youth room will be the envy of every living room with 60-inch TV’s, multiple Playstations®, computers, free Wi-Fi access and a group study area. The centre will be open immediately after school to serve as a safe, fun, and social place to hang out with friends and make new ones.

Fitness Centre & Walking/Running Track

This state-of-the-art fitness centre will feature all the strength, cardio and supporting fitness equipment you need to stay in shape! Our highly certified and knowledgeable trainers look forward to helping you reach your fitness goals. A 150-metre track overlooks the gymnasium and is a comfortable, climate controlled environment to make it easy and fun to stay active. There will be many drop-in fitness classes for you to choose from including Boot Camp, Zumba, Cardio Kick Boxing and Low Impact Aerobics.

Teaching Kitchen

We hope you’re hungry! The aromas wafting from the teaching kitchen will entice many noses to check out what’s cookin’. The kitchen will be home to a variety of general and speciality cooking classes for all ages to enjoy.

Older Adult Room

The older adult room will host a range of activities including tai chi, line dancing, card playing, mild mobility exercises and of course, socializing! This warm, bright space overlooks the park and will be an ideal setting to connect with other community members.


The Makerspace is a place where people gather to share knowledge, learn new technology and “make” in a collaborative and do-it-yourself environment. Explore 3d printing, 3d scanning and laser cutting, experiment with robotics, circuitry, or drones, play with ozobots or Lego Mindstorm. The Makerspace also offers programs and workshops with the help of community experts.

Digital Media Lab

The Digital Media Lab allows you to explore digital media production with Mac computers and professional software including Adobe Design. Discover your creativity by shooting and editing a short movie or recording and mixing your own music. Digitize slides, photographs or VHS tapes. Try graphic design, stop motion or green screen technology.  

Creation Studio

The Creation Studio will be a dedicated space for the community to explore creative pursuits such as painting, crafting, and textile arts. The Creation Studio provides a sense of community for crafters and local makers and a friendly environment to take up knitting, learn sewing and discover your creative self.

Business Hub

Markham Public Library’s first co-working space will be opening at the Aaniin Library. The Business Hub will be a space for individuals to explore their dreams of entrepreneurship. This space will provide opportunities to connect with others in the small business community to explore topics relevant to self-employment. The Business Hub will provide space for meetings and collaboration, bringing people together to create a network of support. As well as a business collection and online business resources the space will include meeting space and a video conferencing system to support the needs of the entrepreneurial community.