TPL at a Glance

Toronto Public Library is very well-used by the residents of Toronto, with 19 million visits to branches annually and 32 million items borrowed last year alone.

While 50% of Torontonians own a library card, 72% of Torontonians use the library. One in six visit a branch at least once a week.

In 2013, the library commissioned the Martin Prosperity Institute to conduct the first Canadian study to measure the library's economic impact on Toronto. Key findings include that the library creates over $1 billion in total economic impact, and for every $1 invested in the library, there is a $5.63 return on investment.

Over the past 10 years, total library usage has increased by 13.4%.

2015 Operating Budget Request - Overview

The Toronto Public Library Board approved a revised budget request (PDF) that achieves the City staff-recommended budget increase of 2.3%, or $171.6 million (net) and maintains service levels, including collections and open hours.

Even with a 2.3% increase, the Library Board needs to find efficiencies and other savings to offset inflationary pressures and declines in library fines revenue.

The main cost increases in 2015 are related to:

Efficiencies and savings that the Library Board has found include:

The operating budget request will allow the library to:

Budget Process Timing

The City of Toronto's Budget Committee is reviewing recommended 2015 budgets this month. The public will have an opportunity to provide input on the 2015 budgets on February 2 and 3, 2015. The Executive Committee will consider the budgets on March 2, 2015, followed by City Council on March 10 and 11, 2015.