A library of Wisdom, then, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it.
- Richard de Bury
In 2009, the library's circulation was its highest ever, with over 31.5 million items borrowed throughout the year. Whether it was for study, research or recreation, our excellent collections of books, CDs, DVDs, eBooks and downloadables, magazines, and more continued to respond to the changing needs of our customers, and to the many diverse communities that make up our Toronto.
As the city struggled to recover from a very difficult economic downturn, the library increased its investment in employment and job search resources, with a particular emphasis on helping people with accreditation, employment, language and other settlement-related materials.
We also put particular focus on building our Arts and Performing Arts collections, and significantly expanded our electronic offerings, including research resources, eBooks, and other downloadables.