COVID-19 Cases Update

Last updated on May 20, 2022.
Data reported up until May 19, 2022, 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
2022
May 18, 2022 Lillian H. Smith 1 0 1 May 12, 2022
May 18, 2022 Gerrard/Ashdale 1 0 1 May 16, 2022
May 18, 2022 Barbara Frum 1 0 1 May 17, 2022
May 17, 2022 Northern District 1 0 1
May 17, 2022 Deer Park 1 0 1 May 16, 2022
May 16, 2022 North York Central Library 1 0 1 May 12, 2022
May 16, 2022 Brookbanks 1 0 1 May 14, 2022
May 16, 2022 Bridlewood 1 0 1 May 11, 2022
May 16, 2022 Bloor/Gladstone 1 0 1 May 16, 2022
May 15, 2022 Richview 1 0 1
May 15, 2022 Goldhawk park 1 0 1 May 12, 2022
May 15, 2022 Agincourt 1 0 1 May 12, 2022
May 13, 2022 Malvern 1 0 1 May 10, 2022
May 12, 2022 Toronto Reference Library 1 0 1 Remote
May 12, 2022 Ellesmere 1 0 1 May 10, 2022
May 12, 2022 Albion 1 0 1 April 27, 2022
May 11, 2022 Deer Park 1 0 1 May 10, 2022
May 10, 2022 Parkdale 1 0 1 May 5, 2022
May 10, 2022 Northern District 1 0 1 Remote
May 10, 2022 Hillcrest 1 0 1 May 4, 2022
May 10, 2022 Cedarbrae 1 0 1 May 9, 2022
May 9, 2022 Toronto Reference Library 1 0 1 April 28, 2022
May 9, 2022 Pape Danforth 1 0 1 May 5, 2022
May 9, 2022 Malvern 1 0 1 May 7, 2022
May 9, 2022 Hillcrest 1 0 1 May 7, 2022
May 9, 2022 Deer Park 1 0 1 May 7, 2022
May 9, 2022 Cedarbrae 1 0 1 May 6, 2022
May 8, 2022 Martin Ross 1 0 1 May 6, 2022
May 6, 2022 Ellesmere 1 0 1 May 5, 2022
May 5, 2022 Deer Park 1 0 1 April 30, 2022
May 5, 2022 Deer Park 1 0 1 May 2, 2022
Total 31 0 31

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
2022
May 18, 2022 Lillian H. Smith 1 0 1
May 18, 2022 Gerrard/Ashdale 1 0 1
May 18, 2022 Barbara Frum 1 0 1
May 17, 2022 Northern District 1 0 1
May 17, 2022 Deer Park 1 0 1
May 16, 2022 North York Central Library 1 0 1
May 16, 2022 Brookbanks 1 0 1
May 16, 2022 Bridlewood 1 0 1
May 16, 2022 Bloor/Gladstone 1 0 1
May 15, 2022 Richview 1 0 1
May 15, 2022 Goldhawk Park 1 0 1
May 15, 2022 Agincourt 1 0 1
May 13, 2022 Malvern 1 0 1
May 12, 2022 Toronto Reference Library 1 0 1
May 12, 2022 Ellesmere 1 0 1
April 12, 2022 Albion 1 0 1
May 11, 2022 Deer Park 1 0 1
May 10, 2022 Parkdale 1 0 1
May 10, 2022 Northern District 1 0 1
May 10, 2022 Hillcrest 1 0 1
May 10, 2022 Cedarbrae 1 0 1
May 9, 2022 Toronto Reference Library 1 0 1
May 9, 2022 Pape Danforth 1 0 1
May 9, 2022 Malvern 1 0 1
Hillcrest Hillcrest 1 0 1
May 9, 2022 Deer Park 1 0 1
May 9, 2022 Cedarbrae 1 0 1
May 8, 2022 Martin Ross 1 0 1
May 6, 2022 Elllesmere 1 0 1
May 5, 2022 Deer Park 2 0 2
May 4, 2022 Mount Dennis 1 0 1
May 3, 2022 Toronto Reference Library 1 0 1
May 3, 2022 Maryvale 1 0 1
May 3, 2022 Eatonville 1 0 1
May 3, 2022 City Hall 1 0 1
May 2, 2022 Woodview Park 0 1 1
May 2, 2022 Main Street 1 0 1
May 2, 2022 Ellesmere 1 0 1
May 2, 2022 Centennial 0 1 1
April 6, 2022 Northern District 1 0 1
April 28, 2022 Woodside Square 1 0 1
April 28, 2022 S. Walter Stewart 1 0 1
April 27, 2022 Brentwood 1 0 1
April 26, 2022 Lillian H. Smith 2 0 2
April 26, 2022 Kennedy/Eglinton 1 0 1
April 26, 2022 Dawes Road 1 0 1
April 25, 2022 Parkdale 2 0 2
April 25, 2022 Malvern 1 0 1
April 25, 2022 Barbara Frum 1 0 1
April 24, 2022 Leaside 1 0 1
April 24, 2022 High Park 1 0 1
April 23, 2022 Woodside Square 1 0 1
April 23, 2022 Toronto Reference Library 2 0 2
April 23, 2022 Barbara Frum 1 0 1
April 22, 2022 Taylor Memorial 1 0 1
April 22, 2022 Richview 1 0 1
April 22, 2022 Port Union 1 0 1
April 22, 2022 Fairview 1 0 1
April 22, 2022 Ellesmere 1 0 1
April 22, 2022 Don Mills 1 0 1
April 22, 2022 Cliffcrest 1 0 1
April 21, 2022 Weston 1 0 1
April 21, 2022 Runnymede 1 0 1
April 21, 2022 Riverdale 1 0 1
April 21, 2022 Pape/Danforth 1 0 1
April 21, 2022 Northern Elms 1 0 1
April 21, 2022 NYCL 1 0 1
April 21, 2022 Martin Ross 1 0 1
April 21, 2022 Downview 1 0 1
April 21, 2022 Deer Park 2 0 2
April 21, 2022 Collection Department 1 0 1
April 21, 2022 Bloor/Gladstone 1 0 1
April 20, 2022 Toronto Reference Library 1 0 1
April 20, 2022 NYCL 1 0 1
April 20, 2022 Fairview 1 0 1
April 20, 2022 Centennial 1 0 1
April 20, 2022 Alderwood 1 0 1
April 19, 2022 Toronto Reference Library 1 0 1
April 19, 2022 Remote Worker 1 0 1
April 19, 2022 NYCL 1 0 1
April 19, 2022 Main Street 1 0 1
April 19, 2022 Fairview 1 0 1
April 18, 2022 Toronto Reference Library 1 0 1
April 18, 2022 Dufferin/St. Clair 1 0 1
April 16, 2022 Brentwood 1 0 1
April 14, 2022 Woodside Square 1 0 1
April 14, 2022 Runnymede 1 0 1
April 14, 2022 Kennedy/Eglinton 1 0 1
April 13, 2022 Malvern 1 0 1
April 12, 2022 Toronto Reference Library 3 0 3
April 12, 2022 Riverdale 1 0 1
April 12, 2022 Queen/Saulter 1 0 1
April 12, 2022 North York Central Library 1 0 1
April 11, 2022 Malvern 1 0 1
April 11, 2022 Main Street 3 0 3
April 11, 2022 Deer Park 1 0 1
April 11, 2022 Dawes Road 1 0 1
April 11, 2022 Barbara Frum 1 0 1
April 11, 2022 Alderwood 1 0 1
April 11, 2022 Albion 1 0 1
2021
2020
Total 414 64 478

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.