About Membership

The Jewish Public Library is an independent, non-profit, community-based organization.

The “Jewish” part of the Jewish Public Library refers to the collection, not the users. The Library is open to everyone. However, ONLY members may borrow from our collections. You are welcome to visit our library without being a member and utilize our services during opening hours.

Unlike your local city library, we are funded by the community for the community. Consequently, we depend on the support of our members to continue to serve our community. Fees are annual and offer access not only to borrowing books and DVDs, but also discounts on programs year round.

Membership Costs

Family $72
Individual $54
Federation CJA Employees $36
Senior Couple (60+) $54
Senior (60+) $36
Student ( >26 with valid student ID) $36
Online (access to eBooks & online databases only) $18
Children (up to 13 years old) $18


A tax receipt will be issued for the portion of fees exceeding the first $55.  

Looking to Give More?

The donor categories allow you to give more. Each category includes a full Family membership, plus a tax receipt issued for the portion of fees exceeding the first $55.

Donor $180
Governor $360
Friend $540


For new immigrants arriving in Canada, the JPL offers a free one year membership with proof of new arrival. Our partners at Ometz allow for us to make these connections.

If you are struggling financially, Ometz is also able to recommend a $15 subsidized membership until you are back on your feet. Proof of social assistance may also apply. Don’t let cost deter you from benefitting from library services. Please come to the circulation desk to learn more.

Membership has its privileges

Members have access to:

  • The largest circulating Judaica collection in North America
  • Discounts on hundreds of programs year-round
  • Access to thousands of eBooks through Overdrive
  • Databases for academic research
  • Supporting the Jewish Public Library Archives, the repository of our community’s history

You will also benefit from discounts from our community partners:

One free hour of genealogical assistance with the Jewish Genealogical Society

5% off a new membership at the YM-YWHA

15% off a new subscription at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts

Frequently asked membership questions

What happens if I lose my card?
There is a $5 replacement charge for lost or stolen cards. If you’ve forgotten your card when you come to the library, you may still borrow books with a valid piece of ID. 

What if you don’t have my book? Can you get it?
In most cases, yes. The Library can borrow books from another library in Canada using our Interlibrary Loan service on your behalf. You must be a JPL member to benefit from this program.

Can any book in the collection be borrowed?
All books except for those located in the Reference collection and other special collections can be borrowed. For more information on borrowing please check out borrowing page.