Toronto's library branches are now closed amidst COVID-19 concerns. You may not be able to browse the shelves or curl up with a book in their reading areas, but your library card can still come in handy. The library offers access to lots of different online resources that you can access during your time spent indoors. These Toronto library card free activities will keep you entertained and learning no matter where you are.

It turns out your library card can get you more than just books and the occasional late fee. 

There's an entire database of film, music, audiobooks, and more available for cardholders to access.

Looking for new reading material? The library has audiobooks and ebooks you can download with the click of a mouse.

You can get classics like Little Women or popular releases like Michelle Obama's Becoming.

You can also find a huge variety of ebooks, movies, and music on the Hoopla app or website.

The platform allows users to rent entertainment for free with their library card.

Watch popular films like Legally Blonde and The Illusionist, browse thousands of TV shows, and listen to music from Taylor Swift and the Hamilton soundtrack.

Kanopy is another database accessible with your Toronto library card. This site offers tons of films like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Grease.

The library also has a range of free online courses, so you can become an expert from your couch.

Take lessons in subjects like meditation, copywriting, and marketing from the eLearning collection.

Dive into some history on the library's online archives, which features photos, maps, old books, and more.

Mystery fans can explore the Arthur Conan Doyle collection, which is filled with photos, stories, and everything Sherlock.

To access online features, go to the Toronto Public Library Website and click on 'eBooks And Online Content'.

You can also go directly to the Hoopla or Kanopy website and type in your card number there.

Dig out your library card and use it to access tons of free digital material which includes: 

  • Newspapers and archives including NYTimes, The Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star.

  • Movies from Hoopla, Kanopy and OverDrive.

  • Music from Naxos Music Library. 

  • eBooks from the Toronto Public Library. 

  • Magazines including Maclean's, People and Bloomberg. 

  • eLearning in a variety of topics such as grammar, business writing, skilled trades etc. 

  • A MAP Pass which will give you free admission into popular Toronto attractions such as the AGO, Bata Shoe Museum and Black Creek Pioneer Village.

  • Test preparation and practice services for tests such as the LSAT, MCAT and SAT.

Toronto Library Online Activities

Price: Free

Why You Need To It: Get access to all sorts of material for free with your library card!


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