Our Mandate

The Ontario Library Service was established in 2021 and is mandated to deliver programs and services on behalf of the Ontario Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries by:

  • Increase cooperation and coordination among Public Library boards and other information providers in order to promote the provision of library services to the public
  • Assist Public Library boards and First Nations public libraries by providing them with services and programs that meet their needs including consulting, training and development services.

Our Board

The Ontario Library Service Board is composed of 13 people: 9 elected Board Assembly representatives and 4 Ministerial Appointees. A full term for the Board is four years, beginning at least one full year after Ontario municipal elections.

On April 1, 2021, the first meeting of the Ontario Library Service Board will take place. It will be an interim Board made up of representatives from both the Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service North Boards. At the June 2021 Annual General Meeting, the first elected Ontario Library Service Board will begin to serve its term from, June 2021 to June 2024. Read more about the Board Member Selection Process. (Français.) 

Interim Board Members:

To contact the Board, please email us: board@olservice.ca

Our History

The Ontario Library Service was established through an amalgamation of Ontario Library Service-North (OLS-North) and Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS). OLS-North & SOLS, in turn, grew out of an amalgamation of regional library systems that themselves had provided support and development services to the libraries in their regions for decades. Ontario Library Service now serves the public libraries of over 300 municipalities and 46 First Nation public libraries across the Province of Ontario.

Registered Charity

Ontario Library Service relies on the Ministry to finance our core services to public libraries. However, Ontario Library Service is also a registered charity (business number 10779 8167 RR0001). Donations can be made  through CanadaHelps.org (Français).