May 25, 2022

Toronto Public Library Board Considering a Toronto Music Library

From The Star:

With hundreds of thousands of archival recordings and millions of pages of notated scores, the Toronto Public Library’s music collection should sing volumes about this city. Instead, it sings like a caged bird.

That’s according to Michael Foderick, chair of the Toronto Public Library Board and author of a motion that last year directed staff to report back on the viability of creating a Toronto Music Library to house the bulk of the library’s music-related collections and programming.


“I think we can safely say we’re going to move forward with this idea in one form or another,” Foderick told the Star Friday. “Whether it’s a revitalized portion of the Toronto Reference Library, whether it is a stand-alone music library, no options are off the table.”


But library staff are not ready to sing the plan’s praises just yet, citing better ways to free the songbird from its cage in the digital age.

“Online music services will continue and we have just added a number of those and they are being well-used,” said Linda Mackenzie, director of research and reference libraries and author of the staff report [full text embedded below]. “The other offsetting consideration for the board, of course, is the cost of establishing a new stand-alone music library.”

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Note: The Toronto Public Library opened their 99th branch about one month ago.The 100th branch will open this Fall.

Toronto Public Library Staff Report (Toronto Music Library)

Supplemental Material: Toronto Public Library Staff Report (Toronto Music Library)

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