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.



2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit Follow Through for Public Libraries

The 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit was a success and there was much sharing of insights, thoughts and experiences.  We  were able to learn from and connect with others who are planning and developing community hubs in Ontario. There are a few things that public libraries  can do to help us build on the Summit’s momentum: 1.       Join the Resource Network at communityhubsontario.ca  2.       Do you have any resources you think might be helpful to others?  If so, please share them with us at community.hubs@ontario.ca 3.       If you run or work at a community hub, please add yourself to the Resource Network’s mapping tool.  Visit the site, navigate to the mapping page, and click ‘Add your Hub’ to add your... read more

If libraries get rid of fines, the benefits may outweigh the losses

Libraries Are Dropping Overdue Fines — But Can They Afford To? If libraries get rid of fines, the benefits may outweigh the losses. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/libraries-are-dropping-overdue-fines-but-can-they-afford-to_us_5913733ae4b0b1fafd0dccc2 “The New York Public Library has joined the growing ranks of public library systems contemplating the end of overdue fines for children, according to a WNYC report. A fifth of NYPL accounts held by children have been blocked due to unpaid fines, but the library president, Tony Marx, would like to motivate kids to be good library users without charging them for failures. “We’ve heard stories of parents saying to their kids, ‘We don’t want you to borrow books because you might be late with them and then you’ll have fines to worry about,’” he told WNYC. In fact, overdue fines can end up keeping thousands of kids from accessing library resources, just because they’re unable to pay what they... read more

Resources for the Ontario Public Libraries Tagline

  Launch of Ontario Public Libraries Tagline Website: “A Visit Will Get You Thinking” Ontario Public Library Week: October 15 – 21, 2017 http://www.accessola.org/web/OLA/OPLA/Ontario_Public_Library_Week/OLA/OPLA/Ontario_Public_Library_Week.aspx How to use the Branding Tagline and Guidelines. (Now in French and English)   http://www.thinkaboutlibraries.ca/  ... read more