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Important 2021 Membership Update

For the first time since its inception in 2004, we have refreshed our Literary Circle giving levels and program structure to better serve our members. A minimum annual donation of $1,500 enrolls you into a community of Library champions who support TPL’s highest needs.

Why Become a Member?

Joining Literary Circle is one of the most impactful ways you can make a difference at Toronto Public Library and be part of a diverse community of Library champions including life-long learners, innovators, avid readers, city builders and cultural  tastemakers; all who share a love of the Library. As a member of the Literary Circle, you’ll enjoy access to virtual events that feature fascinating authors, story-tellers and thought-leaders, while supporting the highest priority needs of the world’s busiest public library system – Toronto Public Library.

Literary Circle Membership

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  • Invitations to intimate events featuring renowned authors like Susan Orlean (above), Yann Martel, Salman Rushdie, Miriam Toews, Peter Wohlleben, Heather O’Neill, and Chef David Tanis
  • Recognition in the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s Annual Report
  • Name listed on the Foundation Donor Wall located at the Toronto Reference Library
  • A tax receipt for 100% of your donation

Your membership supports TPL’s highest priority needs. like the elimination of fines for teens and adults. Learn more

Choose Your Membership

Become a Literary Circle Member by making a one-time or cumulative monthly gift to the Library at one of the membership levels.

All Reader’s Circle members enjoy the core member benefits.

Monthly Donation

One-time Donation

All Collector’s Circle members enjoy the Reader’s Circle benefits plus:
An invitation to one virtual “Behind the Scenes” Library event annually

Monthly Donation

One-time Donation

All Conservator’s Circle members enjoy Collector’s Circle benefits plus:
Exclusive invitations to two private events annually

Monthly Donation

One-time Donation

TPL is the lifeblood of our community, binding us all together in this project we call Toronto. The Library works tirelessly to create a space where everyone can access and achieve all of the benefits our great city offers, most especially to those who might have a few more obstacles along the way. There is never a moment I’m not glad to be involved – and never a moment I don’t wish I could do more.

Adrian Ishak, LC Committee Member

Explore the special events, lectures, programs, exhibits and more available to Literary Circle members

Past Events

  • Literary Circle

    In Conversation With Deepa Mehta

    Watch Online
  • Literary Circle

    Author to Author Event with Natalie Jenner and Phuc Tran

    Watch Online
  • Literary Circle

    Vickery Bowles and Richard Reyes-Gavilan In Conversation

    Watch Online

Literary Circle Committee

Jennifer Wardrop, Chair

Ayman Alvi

Michael Carruthers

Adrian Ishak

Lucia Liscio

Malik Martin

Florence Narine

Beth Richmond

Irene Ying

For more information, please contact:

Moira Dossetor, PhD

Vice President, Philanthropy