Essential Library Resources for University and College Students

September 1, 2022 | Mike

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Hello and welcome to all the students that have started attending post-secondary schools in Toronto! I hope you are starting to settle into the school year and making new friends. You may not be aware, but everyone going to school in Toronto can get a free library card. All you...

Historical News Archives with 24/7 Access

August 30, 2022 | Mike

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Posted on behalf of Kinda K. Whether you’re a writer, student, history-enthusiast, or researching your local family history, Toronto Public Library’s digital newspaper archives are here to help. You may already know about our digital newspaper resources like PressReader, or the Wall Street Journal, but you may not have...

Five Free Online Resources to Boost Your Professional Skills

August 23, 2022 | Mike

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Are you looking for a job, trying to get ahead in your career, or thinking about changing industries? Maybe you are looking for a way to give your resume an extra boost or prepare for a big interview. Or you could be a small business owner trying to figure out...

Free Online Resources for ESL Learners

July 11, 2022 | Mike

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Photo of the Bloor/Gladstone Branch by Steven Evans. Used with permission. If you're a newcomer to Toronto, finding time to improve your English can be hard. You may be working, in school, or both. Classes for English as a second language (ESL) learners may not be offered at a convenient...

Get Vacation Ready with these Resources

June 20, 2022 | Mike

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Scottish Highlands. Photo taken by author. Summer is here and for many people that means one thing - it is time for a vacation! Whether you are planning on staying close to home or heading on a plane to destinations unknown, the library can be with you for every kilometre...

Thousands of Full-Text Books Now Available Through MIT Press Direct

May 16, 2022 | Mike

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Good news! Your Toronto Public Library card now gives to access to over 3,500 full-text ebooks through MIT Press Direct. These research books cover topics such as economics, technology, science, philosophy and more. The best part is that these books are always available – there are no waitlists or limits...

Toronto Public Library Reaches 50 Million Loans on OverDrive

April 6, 2022 | Mike

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Toronto Public Library achieved a new milestone and became the first library system in the world to reach 50 million checkouts through OverDrive. The 50 millionth loan was A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson. It is fitting that the 50 millionth checkout is by an acclaimed Canadian author. A...

Calling all book worms for a Canada-wide, bilingual digital book club!

March 31, 2022 | Mike

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This April, hundreds of participating Canadian public libraries will offer unlimited access to The Break by Katherena Vermette in eBook and eAudiobook formats. The Break will be available to TPL cardholders in English (OverDrive) and French (Cantook Station), without holds or waitlists, throughout the entire month. In The Break, a...

OverDrive Tips and Tricks

March 16, 2022 | Mike

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Torontonians love OverDrive – a lot. In 2021, Toronto Public Library circulated almost 10 million ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines through OverDrive. It was the ninth straight year that TPL led the world in total OverDrive circulation. In lending out millions of ebooks and audiobooks every year, we have learned...

The OverDrive App is Easing into Retirement

February 17, 2022 | Mike

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Change can be scary, especially when talking about OverDrive, our biggest collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. So, let me start with two important words: don’t panic. OverDrive isn’t going anywhere. In fact, anyone already using the Libby app can stop reading – I won’t be offended. "studying" by scottfeldstein is...