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.

Forward-thinking libraries meet in Hamilton, Ontario to discuss the future of library service and extending access with bibliotheca’s open+

Press Release: Bibliotheca [November 9, 2018] Forward-thinking libraries meet in Hamilton, Ontario to discuss the future of library service and extending access with bibliotheca’s open+ Oakdale, Minnesota – November 8, 2018 – Last month, Hamilton Public Library in Ontario, Canada, welcomed more than 30 library directors and management team members from 17 different Canadian library systems to participate in an open house focusing on its successful implementation of bibliotheca’s open+ library solution. Hamilton Public Library is the first Canadian library system to use the solution, which has been popular in Europe for a decade. open+ is a comprehensive system that allows libraries to extend access and increase open hours. Designed to complement traditional staffed hours, open+ offers libraries the ability to control building access, security, announcements and more from a remote central hub – all while integrating fully with libraries’ existing ILS. Hamilton Public Library first installed open+ in its Freelton branch to extend limited open hours and provide the rural community with improved access to the library’s space, materials and resources. Using open+, the Freelton branch increased its hours from just 17 to 60 per week, resulting in a 100% increase in library use compared to the same time last year. Due to the success of the first installation, Hamilton Public Library decided to install open+ at the Lynden branch, another location that serves a rural community. “We’re using innovation and technology to add hours to best meet our rural communities’ needs. open+ allows us to think differently about opening new branches and the ROI on smaller, rural locations,” explains Paul Takala, CEO and Chief Librarian, Hamilton Public Library. The... read more

Municipal Talking Points for Ontario Public and School Libraries

Municipal Talking Points for Ontario Public and School Libraries PUBLIC LIBRARIES There are few things that provide an opportunity to engage in city-building and place-making, with high social and economic return on investment than investing in a 21st Century public library as community hub. Broadly, the Ontario-wide trend for the past 10 years has been: A 66% increase in program attendance. A 83% increase in number of programs. An 8% increase in circulation. Over $5.00 in economic ROI for every dollar invested in public libraries Even higher social ROI returns to the community. The consequences of under-funding public libraries are a well researched area.  At the end of this executive summary are a selected long list of independent research studies that show the impact, value and outcomes from public library strategies on their communities. In short, communities with adequate public library service experience these consequences (and in the corollary they experience the negative consequences): Higher economic impact and development: The economic local impact of public libraries in Ontario average $5.41 for every dollar invested by the community. This is a very conservative calculation on economic impact alone. Real estate professionals report that public library branches increase home values (and therefore property taxes) and serve as a locus point for renewed re-development. This has been experienced in, for example, case studies of Vancouver Public Library’s central branch and the TPL Fort York branch.  They also attract new businesses and students. More successful employment and business development: A 2018 study by Nordicity of libraries of all sizes found that public library digital access services accomplished the following: 26% of library users... read more