Canadian Libraries

9. What is the Library Settlement Partnership?
In some Toronto libraries, you can meet with a settlement worker who can help you to solve your settlement problems. The program is called the Library Settlement Partnership (LSP). This service for newcomers is made possible by a partnership of the settlement sector, public libraries, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Program includes one-on-one settlement information in a variety of languages and group information sessions. You can get free help finding a job, where to get free English classes, where to get a driver's licence and much more. This is a free service because LSP is funded by CIC. LSP is conducted at nearly 50 public library branches in communities with high newcomer populations. You can find Library Settlement Partnerships locations on website

10. Does the library have anything to help my children with their homework?
There are such programs in Toronto libraries as Leading to Reading ( and The Homework Help for Teens ( Leading to Reading is a free program for children in Grades 1 to 6 who can communicate in English to get help with their homework. Students meet volunteers at the library once a week for one-to-one help throughout the school year from October to May. To enrol your children in this program you have to complete the application form and return it in the fall to your local library. There may be a waiting list.
The Homework Help for Teens is a free program which offers free one-to-one tutoring on topics such as algebra equations, chemistry assignments and essays about Shakespeare to students from Grades 7 to 12. Volunteers may include university students or adults from the community. Students may use the program room as a quiet study space. Some rooms have computers that students can use to type up an assignment or use the Internet. No registration is required.

11. Does the library have anything to help me pass the Canadian Citizenship Test?
In the library you can take the brochure Discover Canada, which sets out the basic information necessary for passing the Canadian Citizenship Test. You can take the brochure home or open it on the Internet, and even listen to the brochure, which is read by experienced narrators. This is especially useful for newcomers who study English. The Toronto Library also created a practical test that will help you to know if you are ready to pass the Canadian Citizenship Test. On the site you will find 61 questions related to the following sections:
•The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.
•Government, Elections and Voting Procedures.
•Facts about Canada, its History, Geography and Symbols.
If you are preparing for the Canadian Citizenship Test, answer these questions, and then check yourself. At the end of this section you will find the correct answers.

12. Does the library have anything to help me with my job search?
Yes, many libraries have sections with career and employment books. Take a look where the books were published, because many employment and career books in Canadian libraries are published in the USA. Sometimes these books are useful, but they usually contain USA addresses, websites and phone numbers. Ask a librarian about employment books written by Canadian authors, which contain Canadian addresses, phone numbers and websites. There are many books on how to look for job, prepare a resume and pass an interview. Also there are many Canadian business directories with addresses and descriptions of Canadian companies and firms, newspapers and magazines, where you can find publications of job vacancies. You can also take home Canadian videos which explain how to research the labour market, make a resume, and successfully pass an interview. There are also audio tapes on this subject. See Job & Career Help website

13. Am I permitted to visit the libraries of colleges and universities?
Public libraries usually have books related to general interest reading. If you need scientific literature, special industry directories and books related to your profession, they often cannot be found in public libraries. To find such books you have to visit the libraries of colleges or universities. In Toronto, most of them you can enter without library cards. You can come and look at any book or magazine, but to take books home you need a membership card.
14. How can I donate a book to the library?
If you have extra books and you feel sorry to throw them in garbage, you can try to donate them to the library. The libraries have boxes marked "Donation", so put your books in this box and the library will decide what to do: to include them to the library catalogue, or offer them for sale or throw them in garbage. If you definitely want that your book to be included in the catalogue, please contact the library in Toronto by phone 416-395-5506, and you will get an explanation of the rules of book admission. Each year, authors offer the libraries of Toronto about 20 thousand books, so you often need to wait a long time for the library’s decision.

15. How can I work in the library as a volunteer?
Many libraries invite volunteers to help adults and children. For example, Toronto libraries have five volunteers' programs: Adult Literacy, Homework Help for Teens, Youth Hubs, Leading to Reading and Youth Advisory Group. If you want to work in the library as a volunteer, please contact the administration and perhaps your offer will be accepted. However, be advised that spaces are limited so try to enrol at the beginning of the year.

16. Where can I find sources of additional information about libraries in Canada?
Canadian Libraries Gateway

17. Are there any Canadian sources in other languages?
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