Public Library Research

External Research

Technology Access in Public Libraries: Outcomes and Impacts for Ontario Communities. (2018) Prepared by Nordicity for Toronto Public Library.
Presents an overview of the pilot implementation of the Bridge toolkit along with a selection of key findings from the participating public libraries.

Qualitative Evaluation of the Impact of Library Programs  (2014)
OLA has partnered with Dr. Bill Irwin, Assistant Professor, Management and Organizational Studies, Huron University College on this multi-year academic research project

Preschool Early Literacy Programs in Ontario Public Libraries. (2012) by Stagg Peterson, S., and Jang E. for the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries.
Research on the ways in which preschool literacy programs in Ontario public libraries (1) facilitate participating children‘s early literacy development and school readiness, and (2) influence family interactions supporting children‘s literacy learning.

Capital Needs Analysis (2011). Federation of Ontario Public Libraries.
An analysis of public library infrastructure and costs associated with upkeep. 

How Canadian Libraries Stack Up (2011) Ontario Computer Library Center
Statistics about library use in Canada.

Ontario Public Library Statistics (2020) Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries. Ontario Public Library Statistics from 2002-Present can be accessed on the Ontario Government Website

Ontario Public Library Operating Data 2009-2018  Overview, Primer on Library Statistics, and Collected Tables (2019) Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, compiled by  Robert E. Molyneux and Stephen Abram.