Toronto Public Library Workers Union

Staffless Libraries

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  • todmorden room 01Staff-less libraries are being piloted at the Toronto Public Library at Swansea and the Todmorden Room.  This pilot is characterized as an expansion of service, as "extended hours." During these extended hours, the building will have zero staff. There will be "no impact on staffing levels" because they are simply not staffing these hours.  If you need service, or run into trouble, you can access staff at another branch 'remotely.'

    Staffless libraries were not a big hit in Ireland where it was understood that it's the first step to losing proper funding. Is this service?  

  • Library workers and community volunteers from Progress Toronto came out engage with the public about staffless libraries in the Swansea community.  The overwhelming response from the community: they want and deserve a staffed and full-service library. To impose a two-tiered service does not support our most vulnerable patrons, and an empty branch continues to pose health and safety risks to all.  To make your voice heard, visit ourpubliclibrary.to and stay tuned for future action alerts. 

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    Once again, it’s budget time at City Hall. Mayor Tory and his Executive Committee have publicly committed to extending open hours of Our Public Library. That’s a great thing.  What Tory won’t tell you, is that he will extend open hours by making them Staffless.

    But it’s not a done deal. City Council must approve this plan first.

    We are asking all Torontonians to send a message to City Council. Ask the politicians for a firm commitment that they will not support any motion, which will result in the spreading of Staffless Libraries.

    CLICK HERE TO SEND YOUR MESSAGE

    Background

    Staffless Libraries were first introduced to the Toronto Public Library (TPL) in November 2018, as a one-year “Pilot Program.” 

    Currently, they operate in two neighbourhood branches, the Todmorden Room and Swansea Memorial. Almost everyone agrees TPL should be open longer.

    Our Public Library plays a vital role in the health and wellbeing of Torontonians. Every year, there are more than 19 million visits to TPL – by far making it the busiest Public Library in North America. More than 950,000 patrons attend TPL’s 42,000 programs, a 40% increase since 2008. 

    Despite Toronto’s booming population and increased usage of TPL services, there are now 25% fewer Library Workers than there were twenty years ago.  

    Indeed, the threat of staffless libraries is real - but Local 4948 is prepared to fight back - and we need your help. 

    Please click here to send a message today - and share widely with friends and family. 

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