Our History

Founded in 1900, the Ontario Library Association (OLA) is the oldest continually operating library association in Canada. With 5,000 members, OLA is the largest library association in Canada. OLA has six divisions covering various kinds of libraries (college and university, library and information technology, library boards, public libraries, school libraries, and French libraries).

Visit the Toronto Historical Board Plaque recognizing OLA.

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