COVID-19 Cases Update

Last updated on May 7, 2021.
Data reported up until May 6, 2021, 5:00 pm.

This page will be updated every Friday with the current status of confirmed COVID-19 cases among staff and visitors reported to Toronto Public Library. It includes historical data of reported COVID-19 cases to our locations since we reopened, and answers to frequently asked questions about TPL's COVID-19 protocols.

The health and safety of our staff and our customers is our top priority. Before coming to our branches, please make sure you review the health and safety protocols and this helpful video.

We encourage you to stay informed about COVID-19 by referring to credible sources of information such as our COVID-19 Information Guide and the City of Toronto's COVID-19 website. Find out what to do if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases reported within the last two weeks

Date confirmed Location Staff cases Visitor cases Total cases Last date at location
2021
May 5, 2021 S. Walter Stewart 1 0 1 May 1, 2021
May 4, 2021 Weston 0 1 1 May 1, 2021
May 1, 2021 Fairview 1 0 1 April 28, 2021
April 28, 2021 Fairview 1 0 1 April 23, 2021
April 27, 2021 Toronto Reference Library 0 1 0 April 24, 2021
April 27, 2021 Northern District 0 1 0 April 24, 2021
April 27, 2021 Albert Campbell pop up 0 1 0 April 24, 2021
April 26, 2021 Ellesmere Distribution Centre 1 0 1 April 1, 2021
April 23, 2021 Toronto Reference Library 1 0 1 April 15, 2021
April 23, 2021 Centennial 0 1 1 April 22, 2021
2021-04-22 Queen Saulter, Beaches, Gerrard/Ashdale, Main Street, College/Shaw, High Park, Brentwood, Pape/Danforth, Yorkville, Bloor/Gladstone, Runnymede, Palmerston 0 1 1 April 16, 2021
2021-04-22 Palmerston 0 1 1 April 10, 2021
2021-04-22 Eatonville, Elmbrook, Deer Park, Weston, Richview, Forest Hill, Northern Elms, Jane/Sheppard, Woodview Park, Mount Dennis, St Clair/Silverthorn 0 1 1 April 16, 2021
Total 5 8 13

Confirmed COVID-19 cases since we reopened

The following table shows, in reverse chronological order, the number of reported COVID-19 staff and visitor cases to our locations since we reopened to the public on August 10, 2020. All library branches were closed from March 13, 2020 to August 9, 2020 to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Date confirmed Location Staff cases Visitor cases Total cases
2021
May 5, 2021 S. Walter Stewart 1 0 1
May 4, 2021 Weston 0 1 1
May 1, 2021 Fairview 1 0 1
April 28, 2021 Fairview 1 0 1
April 27, 2021 Toronto Reference Library 0 1 1
April 27, 2021 Northern District 0 1 1
April 27, 2021 Albert Campbell pop up 0 1 1
April 26, 2021 Ellesmere Distribution Centre 1 0 1
April 23, 2021 Toronto Reference Library 1 0 1
April 23, 2021 Centennial 0 1 1
April 22, 2021 Queen Saulter, Beaches, Gerrard/Ashdale, Main Street, College/Shaw, High Park, Brentwood, Pape/Danforth, Yorkville, Bloor/Gladstone, Runnymede, Palmerston 0 1 1
April 22, 2021 Palmerston 0 1 1
April 22, 2021 Eatonville, Elmbrook, Deer Park, Weston, Richview, Forest Hill, Northern Elms, Jane/Sheppard, Woodview Park, Mount Dennis, St Clair/Silverthorn Branch 0 1 1
April 21, 2021 Deer Park Branch 1 0 1
April 19, 2021 Cedarbrae Branch 1 0 1
April 17, 2021 Guildwood 1 0 1
April 17, 2021 Gerrard Ashdale Branch 1 0 1
April 16, 2021 Flemingdon Branch 1 0 1
April 15, 2021 Lillian H. Smith 1 0 1
April 14, 2021 Centennial 1 0 1
April 14, 2021 Bibliographic Services 1 0 1
April 14, 2021 Barbara Frum 1 0 1
April 10, 2021 S. Walter Stewart 1 0 1
April 9, 2021 Jane/Sheppard 1 0 1
April 9, 2021 Guildwood 1 0 1
April 7, 2021 Parkdale and S. Walter Stewart 0 1 0
April 7, 2021 Distribution Services 1 0 1
April 2, 2021 Amesbury Park 1 0 1
March 24, 2021 Lillian H. Smith 1 0 1
March 22, 2021 Richview 1 0 1
March 20, 2021 North York Central Library 0 1 1
March 19, 2021 Weston 1 0 1
February 28 North York Central Library 1 0 1
February 24 Northern Elms 1 0 1
February 20 Toronto Reference Library 1 0 1
February 19 Remote Worker 1 0 1
February 16 Weston 1 0 1
February 15 Don Mills 1 0 1
February 8 Ellesmere (Distribution Services) 1 0 1
February 8 Agincourt 1 0 1
February 5 Jane/Sheppard 0 1 0
February 3 Long Branch 0 1 1
January 29 Malvern 1 0 1
January 25 Agincourt 1 0 1
January 22 Albion 1 0 1
January 21 Jane/Dundas 1 0 1
January 14 Lillian H Smith 1 0 1
January 11 Palmerston 1 0 1
January 10 Barbara Frum 1 0 1
January 8 Bridlewood 1 0 1
January 4 Cedarbrae 1 0 1
2020
December 21 Victoria Village 1 0 1
December 18 Sanderson 0 1 1
December 18 Lillian H. Smith 0 1 1
December 17 Leaside 0 1 1
December 16 Steeles 0 1 1
December 14 Lillian H Smith 0 1 1
December 9 Lillian H. Smith 0 1 1
December 8 Richview 0 1 1
December 8 Lillian H. Smith 0 2 2
December 7 Fairview 0 1 1
December 7 Albion 0 1 1
December 4 Lillian H. Smith 0 1 1
December 2 Lillian H. Smith 0 1 1
December 1 Fort York 0 1 1
November 27 Fort York 0 1 1
November 22 Northern District 1 0 1
November 20 Fort York 0 1 1
November 19 Fort York 0 1 1
November 17 Fort York 0 1 1
November 12 Lillian H. Smith 0 1 1
November 11 Fort York 0 1 1
October 28 Richview 0 1 1
October 28 Richview 1 0 1
October 27 Fort York 0 1 1
October 27 Bridlewood 1 0 1
October 26 Sanderson 0 1 1
October 17 Parliament Street 1 0 1
October 9 Richview 0 1 1
October 5 Richview 1 0 1
October 5 Northern District 0 1 1
October 1 Lillian H. Smith 0 1 1
September 30 St. Lawrence 0 1 1
September 26 Toronto Reference Library 1 0 1
September 22 Northern District 0 1 1
September 21 Maria A. Shchuka 0 2 2
September 21 Goldhawk Park 1 0 1
September 19 Guildwood 1 0 1
Total 46 39 85

Frequently asked questions about TPL's exposure protocols

  1. What happens when an employee or visitor tests positive for COVID-19?

    TPL’s COVID exposure protocols have been developed in consultation with Toronto Public Health and other health experts.

    Here are the steps that we take when we are notified of a COVID-positive case at TPL:

    • When we are notified that an employee or visitor is COVID positive, they are instructed to self-isolate and be symptom-free before returning to the library.
    • Individuals who we know have come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive person at a TPL location are notified and are also instructed to self-isolate.
    • Branches close for a deep sanitization usually for one day if the confirmed COVID-19 individual was showing symptoms within three days of their shift or visit.
  2. When do you close a branch?

    Branches close for a deep sanitization usually for one day if the confirmed COVID-19 individual was showing symptoms within three days of their shift or visit.

  3. Do you notify people when they come into close contact with someone who is COVID-positive at TPL?

    Individuals who we know have come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive person at a TPL location are notified and are also instructed to self-isolate.

  4. Why haven't I heard about the confirmed COVID-19 cases at TPL?

    As per the guidance from Toronto Public Health and other health experts, we investigate and notify any individuals who we know have come into close contact with a COVID positive person at a TPL location.

    In the event there is a broader potential health risk to the public, we work with Toronto Public Health to notify the public.

    We developed this page to keep the public up to date as to when and where COVID positive cases have occurred at TPL locations.

Additional questions?

If you have any further questions about TPL’s COVID-19 exposure protocols, please contact us.