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.

Program Cycle Proposal Due
Winter (January - March) September
Spring (April - June) December
Summer (July - August) March
Fall (September - December) May

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.

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 take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

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

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.

You will be unable to save your progress and return at a later time. You must complete your application form in one session. If the screen is closed before completing the application, all progress will be lost.

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. We only accept online program proposal submissions; in-person proposals will not be accepted.

Collection of Information

Privacy Notice: Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Public Libraries Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.44, sections 20(a) and (d) and in accordance with section 29 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This information will only be used to administer the library’s programming service. Questions about the collection or management of personal information can be directed to or to the Data Governance and Privacy Risk Advisor, Toronto Public Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M4W 2G8, 416-395-5658.


If you have a question about the Program Proposal process please send an email to

Submit a Program Proposal