Library Resources for Our Friends From Syria

January 27, 2016 | Suzanne

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Toronto Public Library is excited to welcome our new friends from Syria. With a branch in every neighborhood, Toronto Public Library is here to help you settle into life in a new city.  

We have Arabic collections at many branches, along with settlement services and friendly staff waiting to meet you and help you find what you are looking for. There are seven locations that carry Arabic collections. The largest Arabic collection is at the Toronto Reference Library. Other locations with Arabic are the Agincourt, Albion, Fairview, Don Mills, Maryvale and York Woods branches.

You’ll want to start by getting a library card. It’s free. All you need are two pieces of identification, one with your name and address. We want the library to be your home away from home, so please visit your local library branch to get a card and find out about the wonderful services and resources that the library has to offer.

Here are some great services you can access, for free, at the library:

  • Use a computer with Internet access, word processing and many databases. Available at all library branches.
  • Connect to free wifi at all library branches.
  • Borrow books, movies, and more either in person at a library branch or online. Library materials are available in 40 languages including Arabic and Kurdish.
  • Meet with a settlement worker who can help you find a job, get a driver’s license and much more.
  • Attend classes to learn and practice English.
  • Download a variety of electronic resources for adults and children including English as a Second Language materials.
  • Come to our programs on a variety of topics, including how to start a small business, storytimes for children, and job searching.
  • Connect with library staff. We welcome your questions and look forward to assisting you. We have access to language interpreters.

We welcome you to Toronto! For further information on Newcomer Services in Toronto, the City of Toronto has prepared an informative brochure in English and Arabic. The Toronto Newcomer Office is working on having the brochure translated into additional languages

City Services for Newcomers in English

City Services for Newcomers in Arabic

To borrow materials from the library, all you need to do is sign up for your free library card. Here are instructions on how to get a library card in Arabic.


Come and enjoy the many different resources Toronto Public Library has in your language.

Welcome to your library!

مرحبا بكم في اللغة العربية في المكتبة الخاصة بك!

Here are some further blog posts that may interest you:

Arabic Collections at Your Library

Welcome to Our Friends from Syria