Children and adults come here to learn how to read. Young and old come here to continue their lifelong learning. Entrepreneurs and innovators come here to create, collaborate and connect. Your donations help make it all possible.
Reason 24. No other institution in Toronto provides free access to live programs with the calibre of writers, thinkers and innovators featured at The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon.
Reason 72. The library's Sun Life Museum + Arts Passes (MAP) program enables families to experience the city’s top museums, galleries and attractions for free.
Reason 93. Professional health providers at the Toronto Reference Library and Yorkville branch partner with the library to connect the homeless and those with mental health disorders to helpful resources.
Reason 38. Students in grades 1 - 6 who struggle with reading can turn to the library’s Leading to Reading after-school help.
Reason 12. 30,000. That’s the approximate number of programs offered each year through Toronto Public Library.
Reason 39. Seniors and people who are house-bound can receive free home delivery of books, movies and music from the friendly Home Library Services staff.
Reason 53. The TD Summer Reading Club provides fun in-branch and online activities that keeps kids reading through the summer. Kids return to school with a renewed love of reading.
Reason 70. Librarians visit community centres and homeless shelters where they lead story-time reading sessions for parents, caregivers and their children.
Reason 25. 2 Bookmobiles make 30 stops across the city so that no matter where you live, the library is there.
Reason 81. Where can kids climb through the alphabet or read on an elephant? At KidsStops. These colourful, hands-on spaces encourage kids from birth to five to explore reading through fun and play.
Reason 31. Digital Innovation Hubs provide free access to 3D design, scanning and printing; analog video conversion; green-screen video production and more.
Reason 34. The library's extensive e-collection of books, music, movies and magazines is available for free from the comfort of your own home.
Reason 2. Toronto Public Library opens its 100th branch in 2015. This expansion is needed because Toronto’s Library is busier than ever serving growing communities across our city.
Reason 22. Business Inc. is an eight-week course, taught by successful business people, that teaches entrepreneurs and small business owners the skills needed to succeed.
Reason 13. The library’s ten adult literacy offices provide free, one-on-one tutoring in basic reading, writing and math to 340 clients per year through volunteer tutors.
Reason 20. The library is busier than ever. There are over 18 million visits per year which is more than the Air Canada Centre, the CN Tower, the AGO and the ROM combined.
Reason 37. Toronto Public Library is the largest urban public library in the world - bigger than New York, Chicago or Los Angeles public libraries.
Reason 84. Every branch has computers and free internet use. Remarkably, 58% of Torontonians use a library computer or access the library’s wireless network.
Reason 66. The TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library has ongoing exhibits drawn from the Library's own Special Collections and partner institutions that showcase Toronto's heritage.
Reason 45. New digital technology is brought to high needs neighbourhoods through Digital Innovation Outreach. The program focuses on building employable skills.
- Many give because they have loved the library since childhood. Or they appreciate that the library is a vital resource for so many in our city. If you need a reason to give, read our list of 100, and share your own reason for giving.
Everyone has their own personal reasons for giving to Toronto’s Library. Here are just a few.
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