Friends of Toronto Public Library

Supporting TPL

Friends of the Library

Volunteer organizations that support programs, services, collections and spaces at Toronto Public Library,

Friends of Toronto Public Library – North Chapter and South Chapter

For over 25 years, with generous support from dedicated members and revenue generated from special sales and BOOKEnds used book stores at the Toronto Reference Library and near the North York Central Library, the Friends of Toronto Public Library, North and South have invested $2.6 million collectively to support vital TPL initiatives. They have provided vital funding to enhance TPL’s Leading to Reading Children’s Literacy Program, Young Voices Magazine as well as the Elementary School Outreach Program, and more.

To learn more or to become a member, visit friendsoftpl.ca

 

Friends of the Osborne Collection

Since 1966, the Friends of the Osborne Collection have supported and promoted the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books at the Toronto Public Library. The Osborne Collection (which now includes the Osborne Collection itself, the Lillian H. Smith Collection and the Canadiana Collection and the Jean Thompson Collection of Original Art) is one of the world’s great collections of children’s literature, open and available to all to enjoy. Funds are raised through memberships, special projects, events and lectures to support early children’s books, and help build, conserve and promote the Collection.

To learn more or to become a member, visit osbornecollection.ca

 

Friends of The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection – Celebrating 50 Years in 2021

Founded in 1997, the Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle (ACD) Collection work closely with Toronto Public Library to support the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Reference Library. The Friends help maintain and enhance the Collection and its services to the public, and support special acquisitions, projects, events and improvements to the physical facilities.

To learn more or to become an ACD member, visit acdfriends.org

 

Friends of the Merril Collection

The Friends of the Merril Collection support and promote the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation, and Fantasy, a public access collection consisting of science fiction, fantasy, gaming materials, graphic novels, and other related items. The Collection is named after acclaimed science fiction author Judith Merril, whose original donation of material formed its nucleus. Funds are raised for the Library from various events throughout the year at the Collection to fund the acquisition of new items for the Collection.

To learn more or to become a member, visit friendsofmerril.org