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Hoopla: Digital Comics and Graphic Novels Now Available

November 18, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

In addition to all the great music, movies and television shows, we now have over 4,000 comics and graphic books available for streaming or downloading through Toronto Public Library's Hoopla digital service.  

There are comics and graphic novels available for children, teens and adults. The content is always available, it is borrowed for 21 days and there are no waiting lists. All you need to use Hoopla is an email address and a valid library card. Customers can borrow eight items from Hoopla per month, with the limit reset on the first of each month. To use Hoopla on a smartphone or tablet, simply download the free Hoopla app from the App Store or Google Play.

Find Hoopla through the Downloads & eBooks page, or simply search for the word "Hoopla" on our website.

Some popular titles for children include:

Garfield Lumberjanes Minions - kids My little pony Peanuts

Some popular titles for teens include:

Batgirl Batman Superman - teen Green arrow Supergirl Teen Titans


Some popular titles for adults include:

Doctor Who Saga - adult Sandman - adult Suicide Squad - adult Walking Dead

New to Hoopla?

Visit our Getting Started with Hoopla webpage for more information on this digital service and download our Hoopla User Guide

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Learn Online with - Now Free for TPL Cardholders

November 2, 2015 | Joanne | Comments (18) Facebook Twitter More...

The online learning platform is now available for free to Toronto Public Library customers. offers over 3,500 video tutorial courses led by industry experts on topics including:

  • Computer programming and web and app development, from beginner to advanced levels
  • Business software, marketing and communications, leadership and project management
  • Graphic design, illustration, typography, logos and branding
  • Multimedia, including photography, video and audio production and editing, animation, 3D modeling and game design


Creating an account

  1. Go to Toronto Public Library's page and select Access Online
  2. Sign in with your library card number* and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number)

    * Note: a valid Toronto Public Library card is required.

  3. Enter your first name, last name, and email address. Your personal account/profile will allow you to track your progress through your tutorials and manage your bookmarks and certificates of completion


Finding and taking courses

  • Browse the library and choose a category such as Design, IT or Business
  • Search for specific software or skills by typing term(s) in the search box
  • Further filter courses by software version, skill level or topics
  • Once you have found a course or video your're interested in watching, click on the title or thumbnail image
  • The next time you visit, sign in with your library card number and PIN and resume learning where you left off
  • If you complete an entire course, a certificate of completion will be automatically issued


Using on a mobile device

To use on your mobile phone or tablet, visit in the browser on your device and follow the steps outlined above.

The mobile apps are not available for use with the library version of the service.

Have fun learning!

New eMagazines Added to Zinio (Including Dr. Oz)

October 22, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

More magazines have been added to our Zinio eMagazine collection. Magazines for adults, children and teens have been added, as well as some German language magazines.

Here are some of the new adult magazines:

Dr oz Gamestm Mojo More Velo


Some Children's and Teen magazines:

Ask Babybug Cricket DIg Cicada

To see all the magazines for kids, select the Children in the Genre list. For a full list of teen magazines, select Teen in the Genre list.


German Language titles:

AD Magazin Glamour GQ Myself Vogue


New Email Reminders: Don’t Be Caught Off Guard with an Expired Library Card!

October 6, 2015 | Sandra | Comments (5) Facebook Twitter More...

Library cards expire once a year and must be renewed by visiting a branch in person to show identification. We know this can be inconvenient, so we’re introducing a new way to get advance warning when your expiry date is approaching.

If you’re signed up for email notification, you will now receive a reminder message 30 days before your card expires.

Here’s how to make sure you’ll receive your reminder:

  1. Sign in to the Notification Settings section of your account.
  2. Make sure you have selected Email as your preferred notification method.
  3. Make sure your email address is correct.

Notification Settings screen showing email settings

Check our Email Notification FAQ or contact us if you need help with your settings.

For those who prefer telephone notification, we will be introducing expiry reminders by telephone before the end of this year.


About library card expiry

Toronto Public Library cards expire annually so we can:

  • Ensure that your contact information is current
  • Confirm that you are still eligible for a library card
  • Collect payment for any outstanding fines on the account

When your card has expired, you can’t borrow or renew items, place holds, or access ebooks and other digital content.


Place More Holds! Keep Your Checkouts Longer!

September 30, 2015 | Sandra | Comments (69) Facebook Twitter More...

Good news: recent changes to the library’s borrowing policy for physical materials* mean you can now place more holds and keep your checked-out items longer.


More holds

The maximum number of items you can have on hold at one time has been increased from 60 to 100Learn more about placing holds.


More renewals for checked-out items

Most books and CDs can now be renewed three times (up from two) as long as no one else is waiting for the item.

(DVDs, magazines, and "Best Bets" books are still limited to two renewals due to high demand, as are some other specialized materials – see Renewing Materials for more information.)


The library regularly reviews its Circulation and Collection Use Policy with the goals of making materials widely available to the community and maximizing the use of collections. We hope these changes will help make it even easier and more enjoyable to use the library.


*Note: these policies apply to physical materials. Ebooks and other digital materials have different limits, depending on the service.

Unfortunately digital content titles cannot be renewed, but you can check them out again if they are available when the checkout period ends.

Participants needed for account usability testing next week

September 17, 2015 | Dara Renton | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

As you may know, the library is working on a redesign of the account section of the TPL website.

Part of this process involves getting users in front of prototypes of the design to test usability and see if our ideas are working. This will allow us to improve and iterate on the work we are doing.

We are ready to do a round of testing and we need test participants! For this round of testing we are looking for participants who:

  • Currently use the TPL site to manage their library account.
  • Currently have more than 10 items on either their checkout or holds list.
  • Are willing to log in to their TPL account during their session and talk about how they use it.
  • Are available on Wednesday September 23rd or Thursday September 24th for an hour between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at North York Central Library.

If this sounds like you and you are interested in getting involved, please complete the recruiting survey.

The first ten people who match the participant type we are looking for this time who complete the survey will be contacted with further information and to schedule the usability consultation.

We look forward to meeting you!

Bring Zinio eMagazines With You On Vacation

July 31, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (7) Facebook Twitter More...

Whether your vacation is spent relaxing at a cottage or a flying away to explore a new city, magazines are great to have along. If you will have your tablet or laptop with you, don't forget to stock up on free eMagazines before you leave. 

Our Zinio eMagazines are free to borrow and download and do not need to returned after a specific period of time. You can keep them for as long as you want. No fines!

If you are new to our Zinio eMagazines collection, please have a look at the Getting Started with Zinio eMagazines for instructions on using this service.

Want to know what is available? Here are a few of the more than 600 magazines that are in the collection:

Canadian Gardening Canadian Living Conde nast Economist Elle Canada
Esquire Food network GQ Harper's Bazaar Hello
Hgtv Lonely planet National Geographic Newsweek Oprah
Reader's Digest Rolling Stone Us Vanity Fair Vogue

We also have magazines in Chinese, French (Quebec and France), Italian, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Spanish (Spain and Mexico) and Vietnamese as well as English language magazines from India and the Philippines.

Chinese - Reader's Digest French - Elle Quebec Italy - Gente Portuguese  - Elle Portugal Brazil - Scientific American
Spanish - Hola Spain Spanish - Caras Mexico Dep - Vietnam India Today - India Philippines - Yes!

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A Mobile-Friendly Sign-in Page

June 25, 2015 | Sandra | Comments (6) Facebook Twitter More...

Starting today, when you sign in to your account on the library website, you may notice that the Sign In page looks a bit different. We have redesigned the page to make it easier to use on mobile devices.

One feature not included in this update is the option to stay signed in (the "keep me signed in" checkbox option you see on many other sites). We know many library users want this option, and we plan to add it as part of a future update once we have made some necessary back-end changes.

If you want the website to remember your library card number and PIN, you can use the built-in username/password management functionality in most web browsers to save your information. Here's how:

We plan to redesign more pages in the coming months to improve the website experience for mobile device users, so stay tuned.

Streaming Audiobooks Now Available

June 25, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The Toronto Public Library has two collections of electronic audiobooks (eAudiobooks): OverDrive and OneClickdigital. For many years, these eAudiobooks have been available to download and play on personal computers, mp3 players, iPods, smartphones and tablets. Now these eAudiobooks can be streamed on computers and mobile devices as well.  

Streaming audiobooks are played in an Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc.). OverDrive or OneClickdigital software are not needed. However, as the audiobooks have not been downloaded to the computer or device, streaming does require a constant Internet connection.

OverDrive: OverDrive ListenThe streaming feature in OverDrive is called OverDrive Listen. Using the OverDrive Listen formateAudiobooks can now be borrowed and played right in the browser of a library or home computer or mobile device.

After checking out an audiobook, click on the Listen button instead of the Download button. Then click on the Play button. At this time, not all eAudiobooks are available in this new format.

OverDrive Listen player

OneClickdigital: Streaming is available on all eAudiobooks in the OneClickdigital Collection. After clicking on the "Checkout Now!" button, click the play button located below the book cover. Another option is to click on the Chapters tab and click on the first chapter.

Outlander streaming

For customers using mobile devices, using cellular data for streaming or downloading is not recommended as multimedia content can consume a lot of bandwidth. All 100 branches of the Toronto Public Library offer free Wi-Fi.

User Guides are available to download for both these collections. For OverDrive, there is a general Getting Started with Audiobooks guide for those who want to download to their computers and transfer to an mp3 player or an iPod. For mobile device users, there are guides for using OverDrive on Apple and Android devices. There is also a new guide for using the OneClickdigital eAudiobook collection.

Hoopla Digital Music and Video: Important Information About Your Library Card

June 18, 2015 | Dara Renton | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Effective July 3, 2015, expired and blocked library cards will be prevented from checking out materials on Hoopla. To continue using Hoopla, please make sure your library card is valid and in good standing.

If you try to borrow an item with a card that is blocked or expired, you will get a message telling you to contact your library. Here's what you need to do:

Sign into your account on the Toronto Public Library website.

  • If your card is blocked due to outstanding fines, return any overdue items and pay the fines online or at your nearest library branch.
  • If your card has expired, bring identification to your nearest library branch to renew your card. (If you’re not able to visit a branch right away, we can temporarily extend your card’s expiry date – contact us for help.)
  • If you have replaced your card since you first registered for Hoopla, you may need to update your card number in Hoopla. To do this, sign into Hoopla and select your email address in the top right corner. Enter your new card number in the field where your old number displays. Select Update to save your changes.  

Hoopla new card

If none of the above situations applies to you, there’s nothing you need to do – keep enjoying Hoopla and other library services!