Ontario Helps Expand Toronto Reference Library

    McGuinty Government Supports Lifelong Learning

    TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is providing $10 million to help expand the Toronto Reference
Library, one of the world's busiest libraries.

    The funding supports the library's $30 million expansion project, which
    -  A new event centre with capacity to seat 650 people
    -  An expanded exhibition gallery
    -  Expanded space for research, including freestanding study pods, 140
       high-speed Internet-accessible workstations, listening and learning
       labs and a presentation theatre.

    This investment is part of the government's commitment to training and
skills development announced in the 2008 Budget earlier this week.


    "In 30 years, the Toronto Reference Library has assisted more than 33
million people to find the resources they need to excel in school, business
and their communities," said Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture. "This
investment will help the library promote lifelong learning and contribute to
skills development in Ontario."
    "The Toronto Reference Library is an iconic landmark in the City of
Toronto, one that stands for literacy and lifelong learning," said George
Smitherman, Deputy Premier and MPP for Toronto-Centre. "The renovation will
enable this outstanding library to truly stand out with a new exterior, event
centre and a host of new research services that will engage learners of all
    "The Toronto Public Library thanks the Ontario Government for this
significant contribution to the revitalization of the Toronto Reference
Library," said Kathy Gallagher Ross, Toronto Public Library Chair. "As part of
a broader partnership between the City of Toronto, the Ontario Government, and
the Toronto Public Library Foundation, this investment will help achieve our
shared vision of a flagship public reference library for all Ontarians."


    -  The Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library
    -  Every year, more than 17 million people visit the Toronto Public
       Library's 99 branches and borrow more than 30 million items.


    -  Find out more about programs and services at the Toronto Reference
       Library (http://www.tpl.toronto.on.ca/)
    Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Alicia Johnston, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Dayo Kefentse, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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