London Public Library

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London Public Library
LPL Logo & Photo.jpg
Country Canada
Established 1896
Location London, Ontario - Central Branch: 251 Dundas Street
Branches 16
Items collected business directories, phone books, maps, government publications, books, periodicals, genealogy, local history
Access and use

3,869,642 items borrowed

4,012,731 website visits
Other information
Budget $20,117,983
Director Susanna Hubbard Krimmer (CEO & Chief Librarian)
Staff 223
Website London Public Library Webpage and Catalogue

The London Public Library is the public library system of London, Ontario, Canada. All locations offer programs for adults, teens and children, including art exhibits, author readings, a summer reading program, and health-oriented activities.[1]


In addition to borrowing print books, books on CD, videos, DVDs and music CDs, library card holders are able to download free audiobooks and ebooks via the library's website.

  • Information and reference services
  • Access to full text databases
  • Community information
  • Internet access
  • Reader's advisory services
  • Programs for children, youth and adults
  • Delivery to homebound individuals
  • Inter-library loan
  • Free downloadable audiobooks and ebooks
  • Free access to Zinio online magazines and Pressdisplay for newspapers


  • Library cards are free to all London area residents (ID and proof of residency required).
  • Patrons are allowed to borrow up to 60 items at a time.
  • Most items (not including New/Quick Picks) can be borrowed for 3 weeks and renewed twice.
  • Fines for overdue items range from 0 cents per day for children to 15 cents per item per day for teens and seniors to 30 cents per item per day for adults. [2]


In addition to over 140 regular programs,[3] the LPL has also undertaken two innovative, new pilot programs since 2015:

  • Book a Librarian - offers individual, 1-on-1 help for anyone seeking to learn how to use the library and/or library resources for their research. One hour sessions are available in person (or by phone or email arrangement) at the central branch, with a maximum of two sessions per person per month.[4] In the first year of this pilot program, over 220 "Book a Librarian" sessions took place. There is a possibility that this service will be made available at other branches in the future.[5]
  • The Welcome Centre - in June 2017, the LPL in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, began an outreach program that sees two mental health workers hosting a table on the 3rd floor of the main branch every Wednesday from 9:30am-5pm. [6]

Economic Impact[edit]

Based on an economic impact model developed by the Martin Prosperity Institute, the London Public Library estimates that for every dollar invested, Londoners receive $6.68 in value. In total, the LPL creates over $102 million in total economic impact for the city each year.[7]


The Mechanics Institute in London,Ontario circa. 1860 1877
The Mechanics Institute in London,Ontario circa. 1860-1877

London Mechanics’ Institute was one of a series of Mechanic's Institutes that were set up around the world after becoming popular in Britain.[8] It housed a subscription library that allowed members who paid a fee to borrow books. The Mechanic's Institutes libraries eventually became public libraries when the establishment of free libraries occurred.[9]

The London Public Library opened in November 1896. The present-day Central Library was built in a remodeled space that formerly housed a Hudson's Bay outlet. The Central library opened in this location on August 25, 2002. This not only allowed for an economical expansion of the branch, but also offered the library a more central location in the city's downtown core. Additional outside donations enabled the construction of the Wolf Performance Hall, a concert hall which hosts music and theatre performances. The Central Library is also home to the Reading Garden which is equipped with seating and multiple water features.

From 2016 to 2017, the Central Branch was extensively renovated, its first major overhaul since it moved into CitiPlaza.[10] As part of this renovation, a portion of the branch's northern section was remodeled to become CBC Radio One's CBCL-FM's new broadcast studio for new local and regional programming such as London Morning and Afternoon Drive and as well as digital content.

Susanna Hubbard Krimmer is currently the 11th CEO of the London Public Library and only the second woman to hold that position.


Westmount branch of the London Public Library

The London Public Library now has 16 branches open to the public.[11]

The branches are:

  • Beacock 1280 Huron Street
  • Byron 1295 Commissioners Rd. W.
  • Carson 465 Quebec St.
  • Central 251 Dundas St.
  • Cherryhill 301 Oxford St. W.
  • Crouch 550 Hamilton Rd.
  • East London 2016 Dundas St.
  • Glanworth 2950 Glanworth Dr.
  • Jalna 1119 Jalna Blvd.
  • Lambeth 7112 Beattie St.
  • Landon 167 Wortley Rd.
  • Masonville 30 North Centre Rd.
  • Pond Mills 1166 Commissioners Rd E.
  • Sherwood 1225 Wonderland Rd. N.
  • Stoney Creek 920 Sunningdale Rd. E.
  • Westmount 3200 Wonderland Rd. S.

Northridge branch closed in June 2010 after 38 years of service.

The Landon Branch Library is home to a collection of stained glass windows that incorporate poetry by local artists. These were created by artist Ted Gooden.

Two locations, Beacock and Jalna, offer settlement support centres for newcomers to Canada.

One Book, One London[edit]

One Book, One London is a region wide book club that celebrates reading and brings people together as a community. [12]

  • 2017: Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "London Public Library Programs and Events". Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Fines and Borrowing Periods | London Public Library". Retrieved 2017-10-09. 
  3. ^ "Programs and Events | London Public Library". Retrieved 2017-10-09. 
  4. ^ "Book a Librarian FAQs | London Public Library". Retrieved 2017-10-09. 
  5. ^ "Librarians deliver better results than Google". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2017-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Library mental helpers book big numbers". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2017-10-09. 
  7. ^ "About My Library | London Public Library". Retrieved 2017-10-10. 
  8. ^ "London Public Library History". Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
  9. ^ Harris, Michael. History Of Libraries In The Western World. 4th ed. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1995, p. 153.
  10. ^ Dale Carruthers. "Construction has ended on a $4.5M makeover of London's Central library, its first major overhaul since it moved into CitiPlaza". The London Free Press. Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
  11. ^ "London Public Library Locations". Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
  12. ^ "What's the one book all of London should read?". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2017-09-14. 

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