Conducting Research at the Library

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Toronto Public Library values the use of research to provide evidence for programs and services that meet the needs of the communities we serve. The library has a Research Participation Policy to address your research needs as applicable. Before you contact us, please read the Policy and the information below to find out if we can support you with your research project.

Thank you for considering TPL for your research proposal. Research requests are not being accepted at this time. Please check back later in 2023 to see if we are accepting new requests.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact

General Information for Students

If you are a student looking for information for a course assignment, please review the Research-Related Resources. If you need to get in touch with a library staff to conduct an interview, please download and fill out a Student Interview Request Form (PDF) and submit to

Information for Researchers

TPL's Policy requires us to focus on research that is relevant to our priorities. We have outlined below, the library's current research and strategic priorities.

Research Priorities

Strategic Priorities: 2020-2024

TPL currently has five strategic priorities. Please review these to find out if your research project meets our needs.

Further Research Interests

The library is also seeking solutions to address ongoing challenges facing vulnerable communities. These include community supports to address increasing incidents of drug overdoses, supports for individuals experiencing homelessness and unstable housing, and supports for individuals experiencing food insecurity and other impacts of the rising cost of living

Further, we would like to modernize our facilities by exploring ways to improve the operating efficiency of our buildings to meet the latest environmental sustainability standards.

In addition to our best efforts to plan for the future, there will always be emerging issues that need our immediate attention. The COVID-19 pandemic is a perfect example that requires TPL to join hands with the City and the Province to contain the spread of the virus and to manage its impacts. As unpredictable as it is, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to predict the impact of such social disruption on vulnerable populations such as seniors and low-income groups. Increased isolation, limited access to the Internet, and digital illiteracy are some of the emergent areas requiring immediate action.

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