Program Proposals

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Toronto Public Library welcomes program proposals from the public. Priority is given to programs that complement the library's collections, services, goals and strategic directives.

We take into consideration the interests of the local community, the suitability of the library's physical space and a program's contribution to the library's overall schedule of events.

Library programs are usually arranged 6 to 12 months in advance and must be open and free to the public.

The library does not allow commercial advertising and direct solicitation. Business professionals giving information sessions do not receive an honorarium, but may provide a business card or contact information to audience members who request it.

In the case of Program Proposals with Indigenous content, TPL takes an Indigenous-led approach. Program Proposals that include the following content need to be Indigenous-led:

Note: Toronto Public Library does not provide references or testimonials to presenters/performers who deliver programs. A confirmation of services is available on request.

For more information regarding Toronto Public Library's programming policies, please refer to Programming under Library Policies & Terms of Use.

Submit a Proposal

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please complete the Program Proposal Application online.

The application will require approximately 30 minutes or more to complete.

Before you begin the application form, it is recommended that you review the application questions (PDF, 475 KB).

A valid Vulnerable Sector Screening Police Reference Check is required for those who will be presenting to vulnerable audiences. Should you require this check you will be contacted. Please see the FAQ for additional details.

Your application will be considered by program planning staff and retained on file for 2 years.

TPL cannot respond to all proposals. Approval of a previous program proposal does not guarantee that an organization or individual will be asked to offer the program or have future proposals approved.

Due to high volume, we will only contact you if a branch is interested in booking your program.

Submit a Program Proposal Application


If you have a question about the Program Proposal process, please email

Collection of Information

The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of sections 20 (a) and (d) of the Public Libraries Act. This information will only be used to determine the suitability of an applicant for the Program Proposals project, and to communicate with the applicant regarding the administration and delivery of programs at the Library. Questions about the management and collection of personal information can be directed to the Data Governance and Privacy Risk Advisor, Toronto Public Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8, 416-395-5658, or via email at