How Public Libraries Can Welcome Syrian Refugees

A complex network of support organizations are working hard to provide services to Syrian refugees arriving in Canada.  OPLA Council found ourselves asking how we could get involved and what public libraries can do.  Opportunities to help will vary depending on your community and the settlement services already available.  Refer to: ways your library might be able to help.
Part of this document includes special, limited-time offers that have been negotiated with vendors by OPLA Council and OLA staff.  Find out more about ways you can save money on:

  • Arabic/English materials from Library Services Centre; Chapters Indigo and
  • "Welcome" posters and window clings in 27 world languages
Let’s show our newest Canadians how much libraries care, and that libraries are for everyone!

Sandi Burgess
OPLA President 2015

Great Starting Points for More Information:

What services can I get at the library?

A general summary, in arabic, of public library services
Source:, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI):

Your Library – a video in arabic describing the library experience

Welcome Ontario - Syrian Refugee Assistance Information
Ontario Government - Syrian Refugees: How you can help
Government of Canada - #welcomerefugees
Spark Ontario - Welcoming Syrian refugees