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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

Your Impact Over the Years

  • Leading to Reading

    Thanks to donor support, the service is now available at 27 library branches across the city, providing greater access to enhance the learning experience for children.

    Read 2023 Report
  • Career Coaches in Residence

    Close to 1,900 younger adults received mentorship, career advice and job search assistance through the program in 2022 thanks to support from Literary Circle donors and others.

    Read 2022 Report
  • Internet Connectivity Kits

    Literary Circle donors helped provide a digital lifeline to vulnerable residents in our city. TPL’s free Internet Connectivity Kits supported 670 individuals and families in need of a laptop, Wi-Fi, and data plan.

    Read 2021 Report

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


Past Events

  • Literary Circle

    An exclusive reception with Shilpi Somaya Gowda

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  • Literary Circle

    A special reception with Booker Prize Winner Paul Lynch

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  • Literary Circle

    An Exclusive Literary Circle Evening with Chef Trevor Lui & Guests

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The Toronto Public Library Foundation strives to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility at our events, please contact us here.

Literary Circle Committee

  • Florence Narine, Chair

    Head of Investment Solutions,

    IG Wealth Management

  • Ayman Ali

    VP, Global Pension and Benefits,


  • Luke Connell

    Co-Founder & CEO,

    Carbon Run

  • Leah Commisso

    AVP, Head of Business Line Communications,

    Manulife Investment Management

  • Jennifer Dolman


    Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

  • Adrian Ishak

    Director, Senior Corporate Counsel,

    Global Labour and Employment, Salesforce

  • Christine La Fleur

    Director, Senior Corporate Counsel, Commercial Legal at Salesforce

  • Jennifer Liu

    Founder & CEO,


  • Teresa Toten

    Multi-award-winning children’s author of acclaimed Blondes series

  • Jennifer Wardrop

    Director and COO and Owner,

    Toronto Centre for Advancing Technology, and Sigmacon Lifesciences Inc.

  • Dr. Irene Ying

    Palliative Care Physician,

    Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Sinai Health

For more information, please contact:

Meet the team Helen Gaan

Helen Gaan

Senior Manager, Individual Giving and Events