TPL to Temporarily Close 44 Branches as of Monday, January 10 due to Staffing Shortages

January 4, 2022 | Media Relations

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TPL will temporarily close 44 branches as of Monday, January 10 due to COVID-19 related staffing shortages. Fifty-two of TPL’s largest and most-used library branches will remain open and staff from closed locations will be reassigned to these branches. These operational changes will enable TPL’s branches, including those serving Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, to continue to offer consistent and equitable library services across the city. A full list of the closing branches can be found below.

TPL’s open branches will continue to operate at their current service levels, which include 50 percent capacity limits. Bookmobile and Home Library Services will also continue at their current service levels. All TPL online services will remain available and can be accessed from anywhere including access to digital collections, online programs and Answerline. Toronto residents 13 and over who live in Toronto and don’t have a library card can register for a Digital Access Card online and get instant access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, streaming video, eLearning resources and more.

For more information and the latest updates on our services, visit TPL’s COVID-19 Impacts page.

Branches closing as of January 10, 2022

  • Albert Campbell District (pop-up)
  • Alderwood
  • Annette Street
  • Armour Heights
  • Bendale
  • Black Creek
  • Burrows Hall
  • College/Shaw
  • Davenport
  • Dawes Road
  • Elmbrook Park
  • Evelyn Gregory
  • Forest Hill
  • Fort York
  • Gerrard/Ashdale
  • Goldhawk Park
  • Guildwood
  • High Park
  • Highland Creek
  • Hillcrest
  • Humber Bay
  • Humber Summit
  • Humberwood
  • Jones
  • Leaside
  • Locke
  • Long Branch
  • Maryvale
  • McGregor Park
  • New Toronto
  • Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre
  • Perth/Dupont
  • Pleasant View
  • Port Union
  • Rexdale
  • Spadina Road
  • St. Clair/Silverthorn
  • St. James Town
  • St. Lawrence
  • Steeles
  • Taylor Memorial
  • Todmorden Room
  • Victoria Village
  • Woodview Park

For more information on each branch, visit our A-Z list of branches.

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 “The decision to close 44 of our branches is a very difficult one. We know the impact that these closures will have on the many people who rely on TPL. We chose our largest and busiest branches to stay open, and will continue serving our communities in these challenging times while keeping the health and well-being of our customers and staff as our top priority.”

- Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library


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January 7, 2022: edited to include contact information for customer inquiries.