Founded in 1900, the Ontario Library Association (OLA) is the oldest continually operating non profit library association in Canada. With more than 5,000 members, the OLA is the largest library association in the country. We provide the chance for library staff and supporters to share experience and expertise while creating innovative solutions in a constant changing environment. We offer opportunities for learning, networking, recognizing, influencing and celebrating within the library world.
We empower our members in the library and information services to build informed, participatory, and inclusive communities through:
Our Vision and Values
OLA is leading and inspiring the growth and innovation of the library and information services sector. Our set of guiding values have stood the test of time and continue to guide us in our work.
What People Are Saying
"We are so thankful for the books donated by the I Read Canadian Fund. At Club Amick we deliver three brand new books a year to almost 5,400 First Nations children in the remote north in Ontario. "
— Nancy Cooper, First Nations Consultant, Southern Ontario Library Serv
"It is always so inspiring to see how excited kids can get about reading with the Forest of Reading. I know that wouldn't happen without events like the Festival, so thank you for all you do to make it happen. "
— - -Elizabeth MacLeod, 2019 Silver Birch Express Award Winner