About Us 2018-04-17T19:56:52+00:00

Election 2018

About Us

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is the oldest continually-operating non-profit library association in Canada, with over 5,000 members comprised of library staff and supporters from public, school, academic, and special libraries.

The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) represents 246 public library systems in Ontario, including 45 First Nations public libraries, in communities throughout the Province.

Together, OLA & FOPL are committed to ensuring that libraries are able to continue to play a critical role in the social, education, cultural and economic success of our communities and schools.

The provincial government funds two public library support agencies: the Ontario Library Service – North (OLS – N) and the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS). OLS – N and SOLS provide a wide range of support services to public libraries throughout northern and southern Ontario. Their mandate is to deliver programs and services on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport by increasing co-operation and co-ordination among public library boards and other information providers, and to promote the provision of library services to the public by assisting public library boards with services and programs that reflect their needs, including consulting, training and development services.

These documents were produced by the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL). OLA and FOPL work with the Ontario Library Service – North (OLS – N), and Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) to support excellence in public and First Nations libraries across Ontario.

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