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Very nice and enjoyable job. Would work here again. Would not recommend for someone looking for stimulating work. Very repetitive tasks. Very good for introverted people.
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Very top down approach and command authority approach.

Very top down approach and command authority approach. Very bad management controlling and close minded. Managers are very manipulative. Leadership is behind the time.
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A place to excel in every aspect.

Very interesting place to work one is tend to learn new things everyday. A place to grow and excel. The staff are friendly and managers too pleasant to work with. The environment of the place is conducive to both workers and staff.
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Slow paced and repetitive tasks, supportive staff

I was a library page at the Humberwood TPL branch as a 14 year old grade 9 student. It was a good job with minimal work hours and good pay. The work is pretty repetitive(shelving, re-shelving, emptying the book drop etc) but very manageable and calm environment.
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Productive and fun place to work.Great time but difficult to growth within the company.

Great place to work. Great time.Two paid 15 minutes break But difficult to go to next level Not paid lunch Was unorganized at the begging but look great now
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Good government job

Good training, people helpful, willing to help out. Hours were very good two nights a week and every second Saturday. It was essentially working doing reference work with students. Working with high school and college, university students. The department was a general reference department. There was an area called Quick Telephone where we were on the phones doing phone reference work.


One hour lunches or dinners. Working with students who were more then ready to get help.


Manager was non existent.
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Great place to work.

I just retired after almost four decades. Their focus on being a community hub and the attention to detail about library patrons was absolutely incredible. I was proud to have a long career there.


Great benefits


It takes years to go from part-time to full-time staff
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Great work and enjoyable

It is great place to work, learn and practice your IT passion and there was a nice manager there also the daily tasks aren't boring at all also you are always feeling busy there.The staff aren't social and friendly, especially the Helpdesk members aren't friendly and there was a greedy racial unfriendly lady there, only the manager was good


Not stressful work and nice tasks


The staff are blunt and not friendly
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most enjoyable place to work at

very good working experiencestaff and management treat everyone with equalitygood working hoursshowing appreciation to all learnt a lot from my work experiencewould highly recommend to all


good employer to work with


no complaints
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Easygoing and Laid-back Volunteer Experience

My volunteer experience as a Youth Advisor at Toronto Public Library was easygoing and relaxed. There were not much work needed to be done as a volunteer, other than promoting and learning about activities being held at Toronto Public Library.


Free snacks


Boring Presentations
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Working here was amazing the staff is good and the work culture is good. I worked here part time for about a year and enjoyed every minute of it. Simple work
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Great Job for Highschooler

I worked this job during my four years in high school, only 4 twice a week. It was perfect. The staff was lovely and very close and I felt accepted immediately. The tasks are simple and easy to do. You get to spend time looking at book and talking about them. It always felt safe and you get automatic raises each year. Strong union mentality


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Very nice.

I helped every so often with the seniors. It's a really nice feeling when helping the seniors and talking with them if they have no one else to hear them out.
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Informative.Client-oriented, Community engaging.The warm environment and great colleagues to work with. Managers were Supportive. great Teamwork, proactive.
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Relaxed and slow paced, although may be too slow for some

The place is relaxed and slow paced. Change takes a long time to happen, and most people stay in the system for decades. The only way to advance forward is through seniority, which may not be what some people are looking for. However, the job security is excellent, and yearly appraisals are easy to pass.
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Library experience

Organized books on their respective shelves. Distributed flyers to spread awareness of activities and events. Assisted and greeted people in the library.
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excellent team

Working in a quiet place with very kind team and people make you more focussed. The work environment helped me a lot to work on my career objectives ... having fun sometimes too
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Productive and fun workplace

when working in the library you are given the opportunity to interact with the community and the children. It is not a fast paced environment so you can relax and operate in a smooth and easy schedule.
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fun and great people to work with

excellent place and lots of great people. not stressful at all. just talking and working with others in a positive manner. I would recommend this place to anybody.
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Relaxed environment and very welcoming

Working with TPL is a very enriching experience, the people you work with are genuinely nice and makes you want to come to work. Good connections with coworkers and the community in general.
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A rewarding and stable work environment

My tenure as a Sales Supervisor for the TPL Venue Rentals department was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable professional experiences. I truly appreciated their appreciation for work-life balance, which I felt I was able to achieve with their support. I enjoyed supportive and friendly workplace atmosphere as well as opportunities to promote the venue spaces creatively to solicit both corporate- and social- venue bookings.
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Based on 79 reviews

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4.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.9 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
4.2 out of 5 stars for Management
4.2 out of 5 stars for Culture

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