What is the difference between the friends of the library and the Toronto Public Library Foundation?

Both the Friends of the Library and the Toronto Public Library Foundation raise money to support the enhancement of Toronto Public Library’s collections; programs and services; and facilities and equipment. While the Library Foundation raises funds to support the entire Library system, Friends focus their efforts on specific regions or special collections. For example, the Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection raise money for the Arthur Conan Doyle collection.

The Friends raise money primarily through book sales, membership fees and special events. The Foundation, on the other hand, raises money through appeals, major gifts from foundations, government agencies and individual donors as well as corporate sponsors.

The Foundation and the Friends work collaboratively to maximize community support for Toronto’s Library. The public is welcome to supoprt any Friends group, the Foundation or both. Your support of either the Friends or the Foundation is appreciated.