35,000+ citizens dedicated to the protection of the Toronto Public Library.

Who We Are

OurPublicLibrary.To is a network of 35,000+ supporters dedicated to the protection (and enhancement) of the Toronto Public Library (TPL), its workers and the services they provide.

What We Do

We bring Torontonians together to advocate for a better and safer TPL. We help supporters connect with their local politicians and provide the insights and tools to keep Our Public Library off the chopping block at City Budget time.

Why You Should Join

Some at City Hall deny or minimize the value of Our Public Library, especially around Budget time.

Yet, the Toronto Public Library is our city’s most popular public service. Three out of four households have a TPL card. There are more visits to the public library every year than to the City’s next ten entertainment, sports and cultural destinations combined.

Join the network. Like the library, it’s completely free. There’s no time commitment, and we even have fun contests and draws for prizes (like iPads, gift cards and lunches with authors).

In return, we ask that you read our short and informative emails and consider sending messages to your local politicians.

We respect your privacy and you can unsubscribe at any time. 

Thanks for visiting, and don’t forget to check out our videos below.

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Our Past Actions

It’s time to vaccinate library workers!

Since this pandemic began, Library Workers at Our Public Library have continued to serve their communities. They have been helping...
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Video: Ladies of the Library

It is my pleasure to invite you to view a terrific presentation on the early beginnings of the Toronto Public...
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Proposed cuts to important library services

For some reason, bureaucrats at City Hall are telling Our Public Library to roll back plans to invest in more...
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Celebrate Canadian Library Month and win an iPad!

Dear Friend, To mark Canadian Library Month, which is happening right now, I am pleased to invite you to participate...
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Canada’s most dynamic and successful activists

On September 10th, from 7:00 PM (EDT) to 8:30 PM, the Toronto Public Library Workers Union is hosting a Zoom...
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Our Public Library reopening

Dear Friend, We have good news! Our Public Library is well into the process of reopening. You can now place...
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Staffless Libraries (More on the way)

Dear Friend, Once again, it’s budget time at City Hall. Mayor Tory and his Executive Committee have publicly committed to...
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Video Library

Susan Swan

Biography: Susan Swan’s critically acclaimed fiction has been published in twenty countries. Swan was the Associate Professor of Humanities at...
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Robert Rotenberg

Biography: After graduating from law school in Toronto, Robert Rotenberg became the managing editor of Passion, the English-speaking magazine of...
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Sylvia Fraser

Biography: Sylvia Fraser, born in Hamilton, is a novelist, journalist and travel writer. In her long year career as a...
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Margaret Atwood

BiographyMargaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her...
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Linwood Barclay

Biography: Linwood Barclay was born in the United States, but just as he was turning four, his parents moved to...
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Joy Fielding

Biography: Joy Fielding is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her books have been published in multiple languages worldwide....
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Jeremy Tankard

Biography: Jeremy Tankard was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but moved to Canada with his family. After a childhood...
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Judy Fong-Bates

Biography: Judy Fong Bates came to Canada from China as a young child and grew up in several small Ontario...
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Vincent Lam

Biography: For Dr. Vincent Lam, becoming a doctor and caring for patients has been the ultimate form of character study....
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