Online and Social Media Terms of Use

Effective Date: December 9, 2013

The Toronto Public Library welcomes your participation to support the vibrant, dynamic, and interactive spirit of the Library's virtual community. Your comments, posts, messages and creative content are welcome on all online and social media channels affiliated with the Library (the "Channels") provided they encourage a respectful dialogue and comply with these Terms of Use and the Library's mission, values and policies, including the Rules of Conduct and Employee Code of Ethics, as applicable.

Content Posted by the Public

You are responsible for the content you post to a Channel. The Library reserves the right to delete, remove, or not accept, any content you submit that the Library believes, in its sole and unfettered discretion, is objectionable or that:

While the Library will attempt to remove or edit any such objectionable content, it may not be possible to review all content immediately. Therefore, you acknowledge that all content submitted to a Channel, other than content submitted by, or on behalf of the Library, expresses the views and opinions of the person submitting it and the Library bears no liability for the content. In accordance with the Library's policies and procedures, the Library may take appropriate action in response to incidents and issues up to, and including, legal action.

The content you submit to a Channel remains your property, but by submitting it, you give the Library an ongoing licence to use, reproduce, publish, display, distribute, transmit, modify, adapt and create derivative works of, such content without payment of any compensation to you. You also waive any moral rights you may have in any content you submit. This license continues even if you stop using the relevant Channel.

You also agree that you will respect the intellectual property rights of others when using the Channels, and represent that you have all of the necessary rights to grant the Library this licence for all content you submit to a Channel.

You agree to indemnify and hold the Library, and its officials and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your violation of these Terms and Conditions or your violation of any rights of another through your use of a Channel.

Content Posted by the Library

All content contributed by, or on behalf of, the Library to its Channels, remains the property of the Library. In order to reproduce this content, you require permission from the Library, except that you are permitted to:

Links to Third Party Sites

A Channel may contain links to other sites not maintained by or related to the Library. Such links are not sponsored by, endorsed or otherwise affiliated with the Library or its products and services. The Library may not have reviewed all of the sites linked to a Channel and is not responsible for the content of any off-site pages or links to any other sites. Viewing all other sites is at your own risk.


Use of and browsing the Channels is done at user's own risk. The Library shall not be liable for any damages arising out of your access to, or use of, or browsing the Channels or uploading content to a Channel including, without limitation, damage to, or viruses that may infect, your computer equipment or other property as a result of such use or access. Without limiting the foregoing, everything on the Channels is provided to you "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.

Legal Jurisdiction

These Terms of Use are governed and interpreted under the laws of the Province of Ontario and any action arising in respect to the application of these Terms of Use or use of a Channel shall be within the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of that province.