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.

Registration Now Open for 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit ǀ Début des inscriptions au Sommet sur les carrefours communautaires de l’Ontario 2017

Hello, We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit.  Spaces are limited, so please take a minute to register at Should you have any questions, please contact us at Sincerely, The Community Hubs Team   Madame, Monsieur, Nous souhaitions vous informer que vous pouvez maintenant vous inscrire au Sommet sur les carrefours communautaires de l’Ontario 2017. Le nombre de places étant limité, veuillez prendre un instant pour vous inscrire à l’adresse Si vous avez des questions, veuillez communiquer avec nous aux coordonnées suivantes : Veuillez agréer l’expression de nos sentiments les meilleurs, L’équipe des carrefours communautaires... read more

UPDATE: FOPL Office Move

Due to construction  through early 2018 at North York Central Library, the FOPL offices have moved to the B1 level of Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge Street (At Bloor). Our telephones are now working!  Our cel phones do not work underground here. Since we work three days per week each, the best way to contact us is by using e-mail. Stephen Abram, executive director. Cel: 416-669-4855 Office: 416-395-0746 Fax: 416-395-0743 Helen Morrison, Administrative Assistant. Office: 416-395-5638 Fax: 416-395-0743 Our  mailing address remains the same. Federation of Ontario Public Libraries c/o North York Central Library 5120 Yonge Street Toronto, ON M2N 5N9  ... read more

The Federal Budget and Libraries

The Federal Budget and Libraries The Federal Budget this week had a lot of opportunities for libraries and was nicely aligned with the FOPL and CFLA agenda. (Your FOPL membership also makes you members of CFLA).  We recommend that you watch the federal envelope closely for grant and funding opportunities.  FOPL will be too. In this e-mail we communicate where to find the Federal Budget documents and provide you with the official summary. There are federal funding opportunities for public libraries in this budget.  Read the following highlights that relate to our sector and focus on indigenous partnerships, digitization initiatives, employment, STEM, training, $300m over 10 years to equip creative spaces and hubs, and more related to Innovation. Specific Highlights for Public Libraries to watch are related to indigenous programs and programs for the digital economy are clipped below: 167 Budget 2017 is proposing to invest $89.9 million over the next three years to support Indigenous languages and cultures. This includes: $69 million to significantly enhance the Aboriginal Languages Initiative. This new funding will support a range of activities such as developing learning materials, funding language classes and culture camps, and archiving Indigenous languages. $14.9 million for Library and Archives Canada to support the digitization of existing Indigenous language and cultural materials. Funding would also support the development of an Aboriginal Oral Testimonies Project to document Indigenous heritage. $6 million for the National Research Council Canada to develop, in collaboration with Indigenous stakeholders, information technology to preserve oral histories by converting speech to text, and creating other interactive educational materials. 71+ PREPARING FOR THE DIGITAL ECONOMY More and more... read more