MTML PROGRAMS > Toronto Public Library Adult Literacy Program

Toronto Public Library
Adult Literacy Program

  • Reading/Writing/Math

  • Digital Skills

  • Family Literacy

We provide FREE one-on-one tutoring in basic reading, writing and math, in a safe and welcoming environment at 9 locations across the city. Learners are our primary focus. In our program, we help learners improve their life skills by assisting them with their personal literacy goals. Working at their own pace, the learning provided is based on each individual’s needs. In return, they must commit to a weekly two-hour session for a minimum of six months.


PROGRAM TYPE: Community-based

SERVING: Anglophone

INTAKE: Ongoing. There is no specific start date. We register participants all year long and there is no specific end date as the program is learner-goal driven.

ELIGIBILITY: One-on-one tutoring in basic reading, writing and math for English-speaking adults 16 years or older.

ACCESS: Our program is currently meeting virtually or over the phone. In some cases, staff are providing learners with direct support, where the volunteer may be unavailable to do so. Adult Literacy staff have been supporting learner/tutor pairs with printed learning materials and online resources. We are also providing assessments remotely and are still actively accepting new learners into our program. We plan to re-open in-person services once it is safe to do so.


S. Walter Stewart Branch

170 Memorial Park Avenue, Toronto, ON M4J 2K5

North York Central Library

5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2N 5N9

Maria A. Shchuka Branch

1745 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON M6E 2H4

Malvern Branch

30 Sewells Road, Toronto, ON M1B 3G5

Albion Branch

1515 Albion Road, Toronto, ON, M9V 1B2

Barbara Frum Branch

20 Covington Road, Toronto, ON M6A 3C1

Don Mills Branch

888 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, ON M3C 1P6

Downsview Branch

2793 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3M 2G3

Fairview Branch

35 Fairview Mall Drive, Toronto, ON M2J 4S4


In 2019, we tutored over 220 learners. Our learners have achieved many of their goals with the help of our program. During the pandemic, with the help of our program, some of our learners were able to gain new employment, improve their math and digital literacy skills while working remotely. We are happy to work with adult learners one-on-one to help them achieve their basic literacy learning goals.