Public Library Research

OLA Research

OREC’s 2023 Remote Work Mini-Survey Report (2024)

Resilient Public Libraries: OPLA Research and Evaluation Committee (OREC)’s Survey of Public Libraries (2022)

Conducted in the summer of 2022, this benchmarking survey examined the impact of the pandemic on Ontario libraries and the resiliency of public libraries to future disruptions.

Ontario Public Library Response to COVID-19 (2020)
This survey report summarizes Ontario Public Libraries’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020.

OPLA’s Survey on the Registration of New Members (2019)

Children and Teen Services Benchmarking and Statistical Reports

External Research

Bridge 2021/2022 Report: Impact of Technology Services in Ontario Public Libraries (June 2023). Prepared by Nordicity and Toronto Public Library.

This report shows the continued impact libraries have on bridging the digital divide, enhancing digital literacy and increasing equitable access to technology for their communities and for the province.

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.