We welcome comic donations!
We recently developed a wishlist to let potential donors know of titles we are actively seeking. You can find our current wish list over here! We also accept comics that are not on this list. Please refer to the guidelines below!
For donations and acquisitions, we are prioritizing representation that meets the following criteria for teens, kids, and adult comics:
- Works made by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) creators, LGBTQ+ creators, and creators of marginalized genders, across all subject areas.
- Works surrounding everyday experiences such as mental illness, grief, physical health and disability.
- Works that cover social issues, political comics, journalism, history comics.
- Reference books about comics, for scholarly and independent research.
Note: we accept independent comic zines/mini comics!
If there is something else that you feel would contribute to our inclusivity goals/ strengthen the collection, please feel free to donate as well!
If you would not give it to a friend, please do not give it to CCOL! To browse our current collection, visit our catalogue page. If you have any questions or would like to make your intent to donate known beforehand, please contact us!
Please contact us if you are planning to drop off more than 5 comics or graphic novels.
We are currently working through a backlog of donated comics and zines to be catalogued and cannot store bulk donations. We also cannot guarantee that all comics donated will be included in our library collection, especially if you do not contact us in advance of donating. We may also use duplicate or other comics for fundraising in the future (raffles, giveaways...)
We also plan to continue to lend out portions of the collection and donate comics to existing organizations such as nonprofits or charities that work with kids and young adults. We currently have a selection of comics at Story Planet, a wonderful organization that teaches literacy skills to kids through non-traditional creative learning experiences (including comics and many other workshops), working with youth in under-resourced schools and communities. If you have a suggestion for another space that would benefit from having comics, please let us know!
If you are unsure of whether we accept certain material, please email us, let us know what you'd like to donate, and we'll let you know if we can take it at this time. Please note that we do not accept items which are unhealthy to handle or dirty, moldy, overly damaged, smelly, burnt, chewed, or damp. Please inspect your books carefully before donating to CCOL to make sure there are no bedbugs or other sneaky little creatures.
We accept comics made by Canadian and non-Canadian creators, in all languages. We also accept comics in zine form as well.
Please fill out a short donation form to send along or bring with you when donating books; this is important if you are sending original artwork, or if you would like your name on a bookplate for your donated graphic novel(s). Please note: Unless you check that you would not like your name included in our online metadata (on the donation form), your name will be included in the records for the comics that you donated.
Canada Comics Open Library
986 Bathurst Street
Toronto Zine Library Drop Off
We have also partnered with the Toronto Zine Library as one of our drop off locations. Please email in advance if the donation is larger than 5 books.
Toronto Zine Library Hours
The Toronto Zine Library can be found on the second floor of the Tranzac Club, which is located at 292 Brunswick Avenue.
Toronto Zine Library TTC info
Take the Bloor subway (Line 2) to either Spadina station or Bathurst station. OR, take the University-Spadina subway (Line 1) to Spadina. Walk along Bloor St – Brunswick is somewhere in the middle of Spadina and Bathurst.
Have a comic book donation? Know of a great potential drop-off location? Want to know more about donation? Contact us!