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The Pauline and Gordon Hinch Memorial Award for Staff Development, initially established in honour of Pauline, recognizes her countless contributions to the Library throughout her outstanding career, and supports librarianship and professional development at TPL. The annual award provides a bursary to staff pursuing a career in public librarianship.

2024 Applications are Now Open!

Are you working towards acquiring your Masters of Library/Information Sciences to further your career at Toronto Public Library? Could you use some financial relief managing tuition fees? Then look no further. The Toronto Public Library Foundation can help. ​

We encourage all TPL staff who are taking courses to strengthen their commitment to public librarianship and build their career at the library to check out the award criteria below to see if you qualify and apply.

Applications are available in Word and pdf formats.


Announcing our 2023 Recipients of the Pauline and Gordon Hinch Award recipients

Congratulations to Jason Behzadian, 2023 award recipient, with Will Scott (CEO, Toronto Public Library Foundation), Asha Francis, 2023 recipient, and Michelle Tse, 2023 recipient.

And thank you to all staff who applied. It was wonderful to see the passion and innovative ideas coming from our librarians-in-training.

The TPL Foundation is proud to administer these awards, made possible through donor support. Over the past 15 years, 34 awards have been presented to library staff with a value totalling over $80,000.