20 of the Best Free Things You Can Do With Your Toronto Public Library Card

20 of the Best Free Things You Can Do With Your Toronto Library Card

We all know that you can borrow latest books, and DVDs from the library! But did you know that Toronto Public Library holds free concerts,  3D Printing workshops, and PA Day camps? Or that your library card gives access to thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world? Did you also know that you do not have to live in Toronto to get one?


Read on for the whole list of Free fun things to do with your Toronto Library Card and how to get one!

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  1. Get Sun Life Financial MAP Pass (Museum + Arts Pass) to visit  famous Toronto attractions for free! Aga Khan Museum, AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario, Bata Shoe Museum, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Gardiner Museum, Ontario Science Centre, ROM – Royal Ontario Museum, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto History Museums, Toronto Zoo for free.  The passes available at Toronto library branches varies. Look online and visit the branch which has attraction pass you want with your adult library card to sign one out! AccessToronto’s best dance, music, film, theatre and more  with a  MAP Performing Arts Pass.   Productions at/by CanStage, Factory Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, Tafelmusik are included in the pass.
  2. Attend a concert, or join for author talks & lectures!  Enjoy Free Summer Friday Lunchtime Concerts from noon – 1pm at oronto Reference Library Atrium on the main floor.
  3. Access over 3,500 video tutorial courses led by experts on web design, software development, photography, business skills, home and small office, project management, 3D + Animation, graphic design audio, music, video editing and more through online learning classes like lynda.com.
  4. Watch 8 movies per month from a selection of more than 30,000 films from top producers such as The Great Courses, PBS, Media Education Foundation, Cohen Films, and more through Kanopy.You have 3 days to watch a movie you have borrowed.
  5. Need to sit for IELTS or SAT? Practice tests and answers for all ages like  LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, SAT, GED, Canadian citizenship practice test, TOEIC, TOEFL iBT, math, grammar, writing and more are available online!
  6.  You may cancel your newspaper subscription to save money!  Your library card gives online access to newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in over 60 languages.
  7. Borrow an Arduino Kit.
  8. Almost every language spoken in the World is also spoken in some home in the city. Learn a new language through Mango.
  9. Download the current issues of popular magazines!From Reader’s Digest to Cosmo, you can download a variety of magazines that covers a variety of topics —  news, business, entertainment, fashion, and more.
  10. Get free online homework help for students in grades K-12 offered daily from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Also includes practice tests, support for adult learners, writing assistance, skills building and more.
  11. Attend a technology talk, digital design classes, and activities for all ages and interests. Learn about Photoshop, website design or how to design a 3D model during free workshops and classes. 
  12. Visit North York Central Library to use the Fabrication Studio, where you can access sewing machines and a vinyl cutter/printer to create projects using textiles and design your own displays.
  13. Learn how to design and print a 3D object starting from an existing design, or create your own.
  14. Need recording space? Recording studios are available at Toronto Reference Library,  Fort York, Agincourt, Albion. The Studio is available free of charge during regular library hours.
  15. Save money by sending kids to free Summer activities,  March break and PA Day camps. Camps are free but advance registration is required for most as it sells out fast! Activities range from playing Bingo to building Lego, Movies, coding camps and more!
  16. Instill a lifelong love of reading in your toddler by participating in free  ready for reading programs. If you are looking for baby programs, you are sure to find something at your library.
  17. Listen to great music spanning medieval to modern – classical, jazz, electronic, world music, etc. and find expert educational content. Library offers free streaming music services like Naxos and Naxos Jazz.
  18. Feeling too tired to read a story to your kids? Call 416-395-5400 for Dial a Story and listen to stories in 16 languages.
  19. Download ebooks from comics to non-fiction to cookbooks!
  20. Visit Toronto Reference Library to browse the library’s collection of collections of original art and illustrated rare books!

How to Get a Toronto Public Library Card?

Click here to Download the Interactive PDF below:

To be eligible for a free library card you need to:

— live in the City of Toronto,

— work in the City of Toronto,
— go to school in the City of Toronto, or
— own property in the City of Toronto — See more here.

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