Our Mandate

The Federation’s strategic focus includes advocacy, research & development, and marketing. These strategic roles are defined below:


As ONE VOICE, the Federation ensures issues facing public libraries are presented in a consistent manner benefiting all public libraries across Ontario. The Federation provides various levels of government with a view of public libraries as a united, relevant and integral component for economic and community development worthy of strong and continued support.


To market and promote the services provided by public libraries in Ontario, to highlight the economic and social value public libraries contribute to the development of our communities, and to strengthen the support of funding bodies and the community at large.

Research and Development

Engage in research that provides insight into present and future environments, issues and developments facing public libraries. This reliable data can be used by public libraries as a base for strategic and operational planning and decision making, and to support advocacy efforts and marketing.