Update

Statement regarding transphobic event at the Toronto Public Library October 22nd

The Toronto Public Library and public libraries work hard to foster community and inclusivity by providing free and equitable access to their services, programs, and spaces. With this in mind, we are disappointed by TPL’s response so far regarding their refusal to cancel an event that will provide a platform to known transphobic speaker Meghan Murphy. The spread and normalization of hateful speech fuels those who might commit a hate crime and in turn can lead to marginalized communities feeling…

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paper cutter and long arm stapler

Tools at the comics library and in the CSI lounge

Dear cartoonists and zine makers, did you know that there are many tools in the CSI community lounge and at the comics library available for you to use for FREE! Visit us to sign up for a membership (free, $5 a year, or pay what you can), and read and make comics at our lovely little library. We are an entirely volunteer-run space, with current hours being 11am-6pm Wednesday to Sunday (we update our calendar each week on Monday). Tools…

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Over 1000 comics!!!

We are excited to announce that we have over 1000 comics (and more to be catalogued!). Check out recent donations and acquisitions below, click on each cover image for a description of the comic, and visit our online catalogue for more details about individual comics. We have been overwhelmed (in the best way!) with amazing donations in the past year. Thank you to everyone who has dropped off comics for our Regent Park library, and to all Volunteer Librarians who…

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Off Season by James Sturm

Over 700 comics!

We now have over 700 comics in our library, with dozens more that we still need to catalogue! Here are new donations and purchases from the past month or so. You can read these amazing comics and hang out in our library space on the third floor of CSI Regent Park @ 585 Dundas Street East! Check our calendar for updated hours. We are generally open Wednesdays to Sundays, from 11am to 6pm. Click on each cover image for a…

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Big News!

Our new home We have very exciting news— rather than planning our next pop-up library, we have been preparing to move into our first physical library space! Thanks to the encouragement, generous donations, and support of community members, we have been able to establish a partnership which will enable us to lease a space in a fully accessible and inclusive building in downtown Toronto long-term. On March 13th (this month!), we will be moving into CSI Regent Park (585 Dundas…

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Iron Circus Comics

Black comics publishers

Black Comics Publishers In celebration of Black History Month (and for any time!) we are featuring a list of black-owned comics publishing companies, including independent publishers.  😍 And an update: We now have all comics publishers searchable in our online catalogue (there are over 200!). Scroll down the catalogue homepage to find the Publisher drop down menu! In the CCOL Catalogue These comics cover a wide range— from Afrofuturism sci-fi to YA eco-fantasy love stories to friendship-driven ghost stories— and…

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Spera written by Josh Tierney (art by Afu Chan)

600 + comics!

We now have over 600 comics and graphic novels in the collection!!! Check out these recently catalogued titles! We recently received a few bilingual comics as well as several wonderful comic zine donations! Click on the cover images for descriptions, or visit our online catalogue for more info on comics! (Featured image from Spera, written by Josh Tierney, art by Afu Chan) Please follow and like us:

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Crowdfunding Update

We have now raised over $3,400 for our crowdfunding campaign— and during the holiday season! This will go towards helping us achieve our goals. We are happy and encouraged to have received plenty of vocal support and positive feedback over the past month as well. As a result, we have decided to extend our crowdfunding campaign another month! You can still give someone the gift of a comics library membership and show support for the project! Membership begins when you…

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Our crowdfunding campaign is live!

The Canada Comics Open Library needs your help to be able to open our doors to the public for our first library branch in Toronto! We want to make our comics collection publicly accessible, and we need your help to be able to work with and support creators and offer a cozy and vibrant space. Our comics collection includes over 500 titles and continues to grow. Check out our online catalogue! The comics library will be the first of its…

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Website created and maintained by Rotem Diamant

Technical development & consultation by Brandon Haworth.

Homepage Comics by Bo Doodley.

CCOL logo designed by Scott A. Ford.

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Toronto Branch
Canada Comics Open Library
@ Centre for Social Innovation
585 Dundas Street East, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Canada

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