London Public Library
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.
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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
London Mechanics’ Institute was one of a series of Mechanic's Institutes that were set up around the world after becoming popular in Britain. 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.
The London Public Library opened in November 1896. The present-day Central Library was built in a remodeled space that formerly housed a 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. Susanna Hubbard Krimmer is currently the 11th CEO of the London Public Library and only the second woman to hold that position.
From 2016 to 2017, the Central Branch was extensively renovated, its first major overhaul since it moved into CitiPlaza. 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.
The London Public Library now has 16 branches open to the public. 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 LondonEdit
One Book, One London is a region wide book club that celebrates reading and brings people together as a community. 
- 2017: Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
- "London Public Library Programs and Events". Retrieved August 21, 2017.
- "London Public Library History". Retrieved August 21, 2017.
- Harris, Michael. History Of Libraries In The Western World. 4th ed. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1995, p. 153.
- 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.
- "London Public Library Locations". Retrieved August 21, 2017.
- nurun.com. "What's the one book all of London should read?". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2017-09-14.