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A strong library system is the cornerstone of a strong community. It contributes to education, literacy and life-long learning in Ontario communities. Municipal bylaws create Ontario's public libraries and public library boards govern them.

Library WeekOctober is Canadian Library month

Celebrations for Ontario Public Library Week 2014 will be held from October 19 to 25, 2014.

The theme for Ontario Public Library Week 2014 is:


Libraries Inspire


An annual fall event, Ontario Public Library Week was first announced by the province in 1985 and has since become the focus for promoting public library services in Ontario.

A strong library system is the cornerstone of a strong community. Ontario Public Library Week recognizes the important contribution Ontario's public libraries make to education, literacy and life-long learning in Ontario communities. With more than 1,129 service points throughout Ontario, public libraries' patrons make over 75 million visits to local libraries across Ontario annually. Also every library branch in the province provides access to electronic information through the Internet.

Ontario Library Assocation is lead for Ontario for Ontario Public Library Week planning and Canadian Library Month participation. Public libraries, dedicated librarians, library staff and devoted volunteers across the province plan special activities to celebrate Ontario Public Library Week and many public libraries also celebrate Canadian Library Month.

So, check-out your local library on-line.

 

Ontario Public Libraries

This ministry is responsible for:

  • Developing provincial policies for public libraries
  • Conducting stakeholder relations with Ontario library sector organizations such as the Ontario Library Association and the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries
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Did you know:

  • Ontario’s first free public libraries were established in Toronto and Guelph in 1883.
  • Between 1903 and 1922, 111 Ontario libraries were constructed with more than $2.5 million in funding from American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
  • Nearly 5 million Ontarians, or 37 per cent of the population, hold a public library card.
  • More than 98 per cent of Ontarians live in communities served by a public library.
  • Ontario libraries have more than 31 million volumes in circulation. That’s equivalent to 2.4 books for every Ontarian.
  • In 2011 Ontario public libraries
    • circulated 132.5 million items.
    • received more than 75 million in-person visits
    • provided 172,531 programs with over 3.3 million attendees
  • served the public through 1,129 library service points (main libraries, library branches, deposit stations and bookmobile stops)
  • Every library branch in the province provides access to electronic information through the Internet.