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Ontario Public Libraries

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.

Ontario Public Libraries

This ministry is responsible for:

Books and CD

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.
  • Over 5 million Ontarians, or 40 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 2.5 books for every Ontarian.
  • Virtually every library branch in the province also provides access to electronic information through the Internet.