Our Purpose

The vision of the Toronto Public Library Foundation is to build a city of life-long readers, learners and creators for a successful Toronto. This is accomplished by inspiring giving in support of exemplary collections, ground-breaking programs and services, and innovative community spaces at Toronto Public Library.

Since its inception in 1997, the Toronto Public Library Foundation has raised $84 million thanks to generous donors. Now more than ever, the library needs donors to help ensure that the 70% of Torontonians who use the library have access to resources, programs, services and spaces that make for an economically strong and socially resilient city.

Toronto Public Library has benefited from the generosity of donors who have recognized how a
strong public library makes our city economically stronger and socially resilient. Innovative
partnerships established by the Foundation include the TD Summer Reading Club – that has
grown from a local to a national initiative image5936d705c1d4f_133x133and the Museum + Arts Pass (MAP) that has enabled thousands of families to explore the best of Toronto’s arts and cultural treasures for free. Signature legacy gifts – like that from long-time library-lovers Sophia Lucyk and Norman Hinton – provide enhanced funding to support such priorities as the development of early literacy, creativity, and writing skills in young children and financial literacy skills and small business support.

The Foundation also raises funds through two fund-raising events; Biblio Bash and Hush Hush