Annual Report 2018

Participants in a Hip Hop Architecture Camp hanging out on the new staircase at North York Central Library.

2018 was a busy year in spite of the closure of North York Central Library, TPL's busiest branch, for more than half of the year. The Library continues to provide a balance of in-branch and online services in response to changing community needs.

Significant 2018 trends include:

More information on 2018 performance measures and benchmarking (PDF)

In 2017, the latest year comparative data is available, Toronto Public Library (TPL) ranked first in North America in circulation, visits and electronic visits per capita among libraries serving populations of two million or more.

Key 2018 Achievements

As described in the 2016-2019 strategic plan, we have outlined six priorities to focus on in this period. Below are key 2018 achievements in each of these areas:

Advancing Our Digital Platforms

Kanopy Thoughtful Entertainment Kanopy at Toronto Public Library

Breaking Down Barriers to Access, Driving Inclusion

Photo of the TPL's Indigenous Advisory Council TPL's Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC)

Expanding Access to Technology and Training

Digital Literacy Day at Toronto Reference Library TPL's first Digital Literacy Day at Toronto Reference Library

Establishing TPL as Toronto's Centre for Continuous and Self-Directed Learning

Photo of Janelle Richards TPL's first Environmentalist in Residence, Janelle Richards

Creating Community Connections through Cultural Experiences

Justin Trudeau at Albion Branch Justin Trudeau at Albion Branch

Transforming for 21st Century Service Excellence

Fabrication studio at North York Central Library TPL's first Fabrication Studio at North York Central Library

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