Provincial Funding Reduction

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...

Toronto Public Library Celebrates Freedom To Read

February 24, 2017 | Media Relations

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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...

Toronto Leads the Way in Digital Reading

January 20, 2017 | Media Relations

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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...

What Did Toronto Read and Watch in 2016?

December 19, 2016 | Media Relations

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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,...

City Librarian Vickery Bowles' Statement on Hate Graffiti Found on Library Property

November 24, 2016 | Media Relations

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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...

Toronto Public Library Launches Digital Privacy Initiative

November 8, 2016 | Media Relations

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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...

Toronto Public Library Partners with Myseum of Toronto to Present Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City (November 3, 2016 – January 8, 2017)

November 1, 2016 | Media Relations

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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...

Celebrate Library Settlement Partnerships Week at the Library with Dance from Around the World

October 6, 2016 | Media Relations

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Caption: Citizenship Judge Wojciech Sniegowski spoke to community members about the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship at Agincourt Branch during LSP Week 2015. Toronto Public Library and seven local settlement agencies celebrate the eighth anniversary of Library Settlement Partnerships...

Mayor Tory to celebrate six more library branches now open on Sundays as part of the City's Poverty Reduction Strategy

September 10, 2016 | Media Relations

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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...

Toronto Public Library Celebrates Culture Days in Every Corner of the City

August 30, 2016 | Media Relations

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Culture Days @ Toronto Public Library presents free arts and culture activities across the city with 40+ FREE activities at more than 30 branches Toronto Public Library, in partnership with the Neighbourhood Arts Network (NAN), celebrates the return of Culture...