Print Your Novel, Cookbook, Family History and More at the Library

June 9, 2014 | Media Relations

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Toronto Public Library’s newest offering is Asquith Press, a book printing service that enables customers to design and print bookstore-quality paperback books. The library is offering information sessions and classes open to all: from authors and aspiring writers to anyone who would like to create a book for their own personal interest.

Located on the main floor of the Toronto Reference Library in the recently opened Digital Innovation Hub, Asquith Press is available to people of all ages and skill levels.

Novels, cookbooks, family histories, memoirs and how-to guides are just a few examples of what can now be printed at the library.

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“For the first time ever, we’re able to print books right here at the library. We’re excited to offer this service to everyone – authors, aspiring authors and hobbyists – and to see their books come off the press,” said Jane Pyper, City Librarian at Toronto Public Library. “Asquith Press is the latest in a series of innovations that we’re introducing to give Toronto residents access to new technologies.”

With the help of workshops, print and online resources, knowledgeable library staff and guest mentors, customers will be able to develop, design and publish books. There are also options to print books from the library’s digital archive, as well as a database of more than three million book titles.

More information on Asquith Press is available, including step-by-step instructions, printing fees and FAQ.

Toronto Public Library is one of the world's busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what's happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.


Media interested in demonstrations, please contact:

Michelle Leung, 416-397-5936,