Toronto Public Library Foundation

Most people think that Toronto Public Library is fully supported by municipal taxes – but it isn’t. The library relies on donors to create life-changing programs, services, spaces and collections that wouldn’t be possible with government funding alone.

Librarian reading with a young child.Our Impact Why We Exist

Toronto Public Library opened its 100th branch in 2015. This expansion was needed because the library is busier than ever serving growing communities across the city, meeting the needs of the 70% of Torontonians that use the library.

From learning to read, exploring new technologies, preparing for a first job, adapting to a new culture, launching a business venture, and staying engaged through your senior years, Toronto Public Library is with you for life.

Our Story What We Do


Build a city of life-long readers, learners and creators for a successful Toronto.


To inspire giving to Toronto Public Library to create exemplary collections, ground-breaking program and services, and innovative community spaces.

Our Programs How We Do It

Donors support many programs, services, collections and spaces that wouldn't be possible with government funding alone:

Here are some of the things that donors fund fully or in part. For a full list, please go to

  • TD Summer Reading Club
  • Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass
  • Book Mobiles
  • Home Library Service
  • Digital Innovation outreach
  • Pop-Up Learning Labs
  • Digital iteracy specialist
  • Ready for Reading
  • Kindergarten and Grade 4 outreach
  • KidsStops interactive learning centres
  • Dial-a-story
  • Great Reads for Kids
  • Leading to reading
  • Sophie's Studio
  • Young Voices
  • Youth Hubs
  • The Cutting Edge Lecture
  • Bluma Lecture
  • June Callwood Lecture
  • Business Inc
  • Retirement planning on a low income
  • Black History and Aboriginal History month celebrations
  • TD Gallery
  • Musical instrument lending library
  • Accessible technology for people with disabilities
  • Large print books, e-books and other materials for people with low visibility

What You Can Do

There are several ways people can support Toronto Public Library:

1. Donate online, by phone (416-393-7193) or mail (Toronto Public Library Foundation, 789 Yonge St., Toronto ON M4W 2G8)

2. Include the Toronto Public Library Foundation in your will or other investments. Learn more at

3. If you are under 45, become a member of New Collection, the Foundation's young patrons group

4. Make a donation in honour or memory of someone, or ask party guests to donate to the Toronto Public Library Foundation.

5. Fund raise on behalf of the library. For example have a yard sale, book sale, golf tournement, bowl-a-thon.

6. Donate or buy used books at Book Ends in the Toronto Reference Library and North York Central Library.


Karen Devine
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications
Charitable Number: 886554476RR0001

Finance & Governance


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