Our Purpose

The vision of the Toronto Public Library Foundation is to build a city of life-long readers, learners and creators for a successful Toronto. This is accomplished by inspiring giving in support of exemplary collections, ground-breaking programs and services, and innovative community spaces at Toronto Public Library.

Since its inception in 1997, the Toronto Public Library Foundation has raised $73 million thanks to generous donors. Now more than ever, the library needs donors to help ensure that the 70% of Torontonians who use the library have access to resources, programs, services and spaces that make for an economically strong and socially resilient city.

Toronto Public Library has benefited from the generosity of donors who have recognized how a strong public library makes our city economically stronger and socially resilient. Innovative partnerships established by the Foundation include the TD Summer Reading Club – a multi-year $1.9 million cash commitment that has grown from a local to a national initiative and the Sun Life Financial Museum & Arts Pass (MAP), a $400,000 multi-year cash commitment that has enabled thousands of families to explore the best of Toronto’s arts and cultural treasures for free. Signature legacy gifts – like that from long-time library-lovers Sophia Lucyk and Norman Hinton – provide enhanced funding to support such priorities as the development of early literacy, creativity, and writing skills in young children and financial literacy skills and small business support.

The Foundation also raises funds through two fund-raising events; The Book Lover’s Ball and Hush Hush. The Book Lover’s Ball attracts 600 of the City’s literary lovers. Party-goers enjoy intimate dinner conversations with celebrity authors seated at each table. Hush Hush is an after-hours party held in the stacks at the Bloor Gladstone branch. The event was launched in 2013.

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