Friends of the Library

Friends of Toronto Public Library is a volunteer organization that supports the programs and services of Toronto Public Library through fundraising and volunteering. Currently, there are two chapters of Friends of Toronto Public Library:

Friends of Toronto Public Library - North Chapter

Friends of the Toronto Public Library, North Chapter have been strong supporters of the Toronto Public Library for over twenty years. Since their inception in 1993, they have raised over $1.2 million to support the Library's Leading to Reading children's literacy program as well as other literacy initiatives through book sales at their used bookstore, BOOKEnds.

Friends of Toronto Public Library - South Chapter

Friends of Toronto Public Library, South Chapter began raising funds for the Toronto Public Library in 1997 through their used bookstore BOOKEnds and their special book sales. Since then, they have donated over $1.4 million to support a number of programs and services at the library. These much needed funds have assisted with the purchase a Home Library Service Van, helped bolster Home Library Service collections, and have supported the enhancement of literacy and literary programs at the Toronto Reference Library. They also have, and continue to fully fund the Elementary School Outreach Program for children.

Did you know...

...that the Friends of Toronto Public Library have over 100 volunteers and that together, every year they dedicate over 11,500 hours of service? It is through their support and dedication that to date, the Friends of Toronto Public Library, North and South Chapters have jointly raised over $2.6 million in support of Toronto Public Library programs

Become a Friend

Become a member of the Friends of TPL with a donation of $20/year or more. When you become a Friend you get:

In addition to becoming a member, you might also wish to donate some of your time. Whether you choose to work in the bookstore, help with a mailing, assist at one of the special events, or even join the executive, the Friends can always use another helping hand.

Contact Info

To contact the Friends of Toronto Public Library, North Chapter, please call: 416-395-5810 or email:

To contact the Friends of Toronto Public Library, South Chapter, please call: 416-397-5948 or email: