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Toronto Public Library, in partnership with the City of Toronto and Toronto Seniors Housing, has started a new program to help boost seniors’ digital literacy skills. Community librarians are providing regularly scheduled on-site training and digital literacy programs to seniors... Continue reading
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that Toronto Public Library (TPL) is eliminating late fines for everyone, removing a barrier to access and making the library more welcoming to all Torontonians. Fines can be a significant expense for those from low-income... Continue reading
Note: the information on this page was updated on October 18, 2021 to reflect the new vaccine certificate with QR code now available. The Province of Ontario requires people to be fully vaccinated and show proof of their vaccination status... Continue reading
Toronto Public Library (TPL) has adopted a mandatory vaccination policy for staff with the goal of protecting employees and the people we serve. TPL’s approach is aligned with the City of Toronto’s policy. The health and safety of our staff... Continue reading
The following statement was read by TPL’s City Librarian, Vickery Bowles, on behalf of the TPL Board at the Toronto Public Board meeting on June 22, 2021: This has been an incredibly difficult time, as we continue to grapple with... Continue reading
As part the City of Toronto’s ongoing effort to ensure residents have the information they need to register for vaccines, TPL has mobilized its staff to reach out to seniors to make sure they are aware of how to register... Continue reading
Toronto Public Library (TPL) is eliminating children’s overdue fines in a move to remove barriers to library access, especially for those who need it most. Late fines have a disproportionate impact on racialized and low-income communities in Toronto. Five percent... Continue reading
In celebration of National Seniors Day and the kick-off to National Library Month, this morning Toronto Public Library (TPL) and CanAge announced a new strategic partnership that will strengthen each organization’s ability to support and serve Canada’s seniors. The partnership... Continue reading
Toronto Public Library (TPL), in partnership with Renewed Computer Technology and with support from the Toronto Public Library Foundation, recently launched its Internet Connectivity Kit program. The initiative provides vital connections for some of our city’s most vulnerable residents by... Continue reading
The Toronto Public Library Board today announced that the recently negotiated five-year collective agreement between the Board and the Toronto Public Library Workers CUPE Local 4948 has been ratified by both parties. The new collective agreement is fair and reasonable... Continue reading
As part of its ongoing support of Toronto’s food banks, Toronto Public Library (TPL) is providing brand new books for children, free of charge, in the food hampers it is distributing through its pop-up food banks. TPL’s food banks have... Continue reading
New digital card provides access to TPL’s extensive eBook and eAudiobook Overdrive collection Toronto Public Library (TPL) is pleased to announce the launch of an Instant Digital Card, which gives Torontonians who do not already have a library card, free,... Continue reading
Toronto Public Library (TPL) has partnered with the North York Harvest Food Bank, Daily Bread Food Bank and Second Harvest to set up food bank distribution from library branches across the city to provide alternate service locations for existing food... Continue reading
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