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As you probably know, the novel coronavirus: COVID-19 is circulating around the world right now. You may be wondering what measures TPL is taking in response to the coronavirus. We know that we need to balance public service with public... Continue reading
The City of Toronto is in negotiations with the Toronto Civic Employees Union (CUPE) Local 416, which represents the City of Toronto’s outside workers. The City has received a No Board Report from the Ministry of Labour, which sets the... Continue reading
We have recently completed a three-year review with the goal of improving our collections of French materials. As part of our review, we analysed borrowing patterns at library branches across the city and online. Following this review, we will retain... Continue reading
“Know Your Vote TO” Demonstrates Cutting-Edge Approach to Transforming Public Libraries Know Your Vote T.O. The Urban Libraries Council announced Toronto Public Library (TPL) as one of 10 Top Innovators during the 2019 Innovations Celebration held on October 17 in... Continue reading
This past Saturday, I issued a statement with information about an upcoming third party room rental event featuring controversial speaker Meghan Murphy. Over the course of the weekend, this third-party room rental has generated significant discussion and negative feedback on... Continue reading
We have received several questions about an upcoming third-party room rental event entitled "Gender Identity: What does It Mean for Society, the Law and Women?". The event is a third-party rental of one of our theatres. Intellectual freedom is one... Continue reading
The library and seven local settlement agencies will celebrate Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) from October 15 to 26, 2019 coinciding with Canadian Citizenship Week (October 14 to 20) and Ontario Public Library Week (October 20 to 26). This year’s LSP... Continue reading
George Brown College (GBC) and Toronto Public Library (TPL) have taken an important step in forging a new kind of partnership that will benefit students, library customers and all Torontonians. The organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding that lays... Continue reading
We are very concerned about funding cuts to Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) and Ontario Library Service (OLS) North and the impact on services to libraries across the province, including the interlibrary loan of books between different library systems. SOLS... Continue reading
Toronto Public Library will begin a one-year initiative at Todmorden Room and Swansea branches that introduces self-service open hours outside of staffed library hours, increasing access to library collections and spaces to surrounding communities. Self-service options will include: Holds pick-up... Continue reading
Innovative new Toronto Public Library space to be built in honour of Canadian philanthropist, businessman and creator of the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize Toronto Public Library today announced plans for the Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room, scheduled to open at the... Continue reading
Toronto Public Library and seven local settlement agencies celebrate the tenth anniversary of Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) from October 9 to 20, 2018 coinciding with Canadian Citizenship Week (October 8 to 14) and Ontario Public Library Week (October 14 to... Continue reading
We are pleased to announce Cameron Bryant's appointment to the Toronto Public Library Board as a citizen member. Bryant​ attended his first board meeting on May 28 at Toronto Reference Library. Specializing in real estate law at a mid-sized consulting... Continue reading
We are pleased to announce Daniel Rotsztain's appointment to the Toronto Public Library Board as a citizen member. He will attend his first Board meeting on Monday, April 30 at Albion Branch. Rotsztain may already be familiar to library customers... Continue reading
At its Jan 29 meeting, the Toronto Public Library (TPL) Board elected Sue Graham-Nutter as the Board's new chair, and Strahan McCarten as the new vice chair. Both Ms. Graham-Nutter and Mr. McCarten have been board members since February 2015.... Continue reading
This statement is in response to concerns expressed about a third-party room rental booking at Richview library tonight: We have taken the concerns that have been raised very seriously, and have carefully assessed this situation from a legal, library and... Continue reading
Increased Access is part of the City’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Toronto Public Library (TPL) is pleased to announce that as part of the City of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, six more library branches will open on Sundays year-round: Albert Campbell... Continue reading
Update - May 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. - The provincial government has announced it will restore the $1.4 million annual funding: The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has cut Toronto Public Library’s provincial funding by almost 20... Continue reading
Toronto Public Library is celebrating Freedom to Read Week from February 26 to March 4. This annual event encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. This freedom is a core value for public libraries, and... Continue reading
Digital circulation tops three million, putting Toronto in first place among library systems. Toronto is a city of readers, and digital library lending is on the rise. In 2016, Toronto Public Library (TPL) cardholders borrowed more than three million digital... Continue reading
Toronto Public Library announces the year’s most popular books and DVDs Every year, Torontonians borrow about 32 million print and downloadable items. This year, Toronto Public Library (TPL) is releasing a list of the year’s most popular materials (print books,... Continue reading
I was recently notified that anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled on a window of one of our branches. The hate graffiti on the window was quickly removed by someone in the community before even staff could take action. Nevertheless the deed... Continue reading
Toronto Public Library is pleased to kick-off its Digital Privacy Initiative on Thursday Nov 10th, with a launch event at 6:30 pm at the Lillian H. Smith branch. The panel includes Alison Macrina, director of the Library Freedom Project; Brenda... Continue reading
Toronto Public Library, in partnership with Myseum of Toronto, is pleased to announce Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City, a new, city-wide photography exhibition that explores the journeys of newcomers to Canada. The exhibition is based on the book... Continue reading
Mayor John Tory will be on-hand at Toronto Public Library’s Centennial branch on Sunday to celebrate an important step in improving access to library services. As part of the City's Poverty Reduction Strategy, six more branches will now be open... Continue reading