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By making a donation at the Literary Circle level, you are part of a special group of like-minded individuals who share a love of the Library and invest in the well-being of our city. Be a part of a community of Library champions who support TPL’s highest needs and help ensure all Torontonians have free and equitable access to the vital Library resources they need to succeed.

Why Become a Member?

Everything is not equal. We live in one of Canada’s wealthiest and fastest-growing cities, yet not all residents have equal access to the economic, educational, health and social opportunities that are critical to succeed.

Joining Literary Circle is one of the most impactful ways you can make a difference at Toronto Public Library. Members help fill TPL’s most urgent funding gaps, while enjoying access to events that feature fascinating authors, story-tellers and thought-leaders.

Literary Circle funding has supported critical programs at the Library, including Leading to Reading, Career Coaches in Residence, Internet Connectivity Kits, Community Librarians and Financial Empowerment.

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  • Invitations to intimate events featuring authors and thought-leaders like Sheila Heti, Susan Orlean, Yann Martel, Salman Rushdie, Miriam Toews, Peter Wohlleben, Heather O’Neill, and Chef Trevor Lui
  • 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 is an investment in our city and supports TPL’s highest priority needs that help build a more resilient Toronto.  Learn more

Your gift could go even further!
See if your employer offers a matching gift program that may double your donation.

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 our annual “Behind the Scenes” Library event.

Monthly Donation

One-time Donation

All Conservator’s Circle members enjoy Collector’s Circle benefits, plus:

The opportunity to designate a portion of your gift to your choice of one of the library’s highest priorities. Contact Helen Gaan at or call 416-841-0199 to learn more about our current funding priorities.

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


Past Events

  • Literary Circle

    An Exclusive Literary Circle Evening with Chef Trevor Lui & Guests

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  • Literary Circle

    An Evening with Luis Alberto Urrea

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  • Literary Circle

    In Conversation with Nita Prose

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Literary Circle Committee

Florence Narine, Chair

Ayman Alvi

Luke Connell

Jennifer Dolman

Adrian Ishak

Christine La Fleur


Jennifer Liu

Teresa Toten

Jennifer Wardrop

Irene Ying

For more information, please contact:

Meet the team Helen Gaan

Helen Gaan

Senior Manager, Individual Giving and Events