The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries is a non-profit with a mandate to benefit Ontario public libraries through advocacy, research, and marketing.

La Fédération des bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario est un organisme à but non-lucratif. Elle a comme mandat, de répondre aux besoins de toutes les bibliothèques, en concentrant leurs efforts dans la recherche, en marketing et en agissant comme plaidoyeur.



Manitoulin Islanders pose questions to MPP hopefuls during Expositor’s All Candidates’ Night

Islanders pose questions to MPP hopefuls during Expositor’s All Candidates’ Night Islanders pose questions to MPP hopefuls during Expositor’s All Candidates’ Night And FOPL Board Member Sheri Mishibijima asked: “Lastly, a librarian noted to the candidates that libraries have been severely underfunded. “Will you support the $7 million that’s been promised?” NDP: Mr. Mantha spoke of the NDP policy that states that libraries would receive $3 million each year. Liberal: “Most definitely,” Mr. Fox said. Northern Ontario Party: Mr. Lee said it wasn’t in the NOP platform, but if it was the will of the constituents, then yes. Green Party: Yes.”  ... read more

Green Party Platform: Cities Deserve Library Funding

Cities Deserve Library Funding Cities Deserve Library Funding The Honourable Daiene Vernile Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport 900 Bay St Hearst Block, 9th Floor Toronto, ON, M7A 2E1 February 13, 2018 Dear Hon. Minister Vernile: I’m writing to encourage you to support increased funding for public libraries. This issue came up a number of times last week during the pre-budget hearings we both attended in Kitchener. Today, Guelph City Council will review and vote on the business plan for a new City of Guelph main library. The business case for the library is an important reminder of the essential role libraries play in supporting affordable, livable communities. The Guelph vision for the future of our library highlights the evolving role of libraries in our communities. Libraries serve as inclusive community hubs that connect citizens with information, services  and each other. Increasingly, libraries play an essential role in bridging the digital divide, reducing the effects of poverty and providing access to information and digital services. Modern libraries are economic incubators that support innovation, entrepreneurism and community economic development. Libraries welcome new Canadians to our communities, support literacy and ESL services. Libraries provide cities and towns with economic, social and community benefits. Yet, for 20 years the provincial government has frozen the budget to support local libraries. This is a short-sighted move by the province with long term consequences. This policy of freezing library funding means libraries have 42% less money today due to inflation and places a further burden on an already stressed municipal property tax base to provide the services citizens need and want. Minister, municipalities such as... read more

Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education: Michael Geist

Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part One: Making Sense of the Spending Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part One: Making Sense of the Spending Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part Two: The Declining Value of the Access Copyright Licence Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part Two: The Declining Value of the Access Copyright Licence   Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part Three: Exploring the Impact of Site Licensing at Canadian Universities Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part Three: Exploring the Impact of Site Licensing at Canadian Universities... read more