Service Update

All library branches will be closed on Monday, September 6 for Labour Day.

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COVID-19 Impacts

We're excited to welcome more people back with increased capacity limits at our branches. Branches are currently closed on Sundays.

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Staff Picks

Missing the CNE?

TPL manager, writer and food blogger Brian Francis delves into our cookbook collection for the most CNE-worthy recipe he can find.

Online Services

International Literacy Day

September 8 is International Literacy Day. Celebrate the importance of literacy with these resources.


Kamal Al-Solaylee

Kamal Al-Solaylee talks about Return: Why We Go Back to Where We Come From, a chronicle of love and loss, and of global reach and personal desires. Sep 10 at 7 pm.


The List: Great Reads for Youth 2021

If you have run out of books to read we have 100 suggestions for you! Watch video reviews and download these books at home.

Special Collections

Toronto Islands in the Early 1900s

See postcards from our archives — paired with passages from a Canadian poet's diary.


Back to School Books

Our children's librarians recommend picture books about the classroom experience.


Toronto Book Awards

Explore the six books shortlisted for the 2021 Toronto Book Awards


Read Indigenous

Find your next great read with our list of yearly selection of must read classic titles written by Indigenous authors, writers, illustrators and knowledge keepers.


Predict + Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing

Author and scholar Sarah Brayne discusses her book, Predict + Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing, with Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah and Vass Bednar. Sep 10 at 12 pm.


Linda Colley

Critically-acclaimed historian Linda Colley discusses constitutional democracies and her book, "The Gun, The Ship and the Pen", with Sanjay Ruparelia. Sep 9 at 4 pm.


Photo Books for Kids

Many babies and kids love looking at books with real pictures. Our children's librarians have curated a list of great kids' books illustrated with photographs.


The Buzz...About Books

A True Story Written by an Author with a Disability

Recommendations from staff and TPL Reading Challenge participants.

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Live & online programs


Storytime at Home

Get ready for reading and for school! Watch our storytime videos featuring great books about the alphabet, counting and making friends.

Appel Salon

Imani Perry: Looking for Lorraine

In conversation with Ravi Jain, Imani Perry discusses her powerful biography of Lorraine Hansberry – a life full of creation, tragically cut short. Recorded Apr 16, 2019.

Appel Salon

Laurie Halse Anderson: Shout

Laurie Halse Anderson appears in conversation with Léonicka Valcius to discuss her writing, advocacy, and her 2019 memoir-in-verse, Shout. Recorded Oct 16, 2019.

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