Updated with the response from the City Chief Librarian:
I have heard back from the Chief Librarian of the City of Toronto, they are not only maintaining the collections but are buying new materials as well. There is a small reduction in the number of sites from 24 to 20 (as populations have shifted) but the materials are still available through placing hold at all locations. I will share a more detailed response from them soon. Just posting this so that we know that we don’t need to be alarmed by this now. I would like to thank City Librarian Vickery Bowles for the prompt response.
Email from City Chief Librarian Vickery Bowles
It is great to connect with you again.
I understand you have some concerns about the Library’s Tamil collection.
First of all I want to assure you we are maintaining our Tamil collections.
We currently have 24 Adult Print Tamil collections at branches across the system. Four collections are really small and not well used so we are taking those collections and consolidating them into the larger 20 collections. We have been continuing to invest in the Tamil collections by selecting new books in 2019 and 2020 that customers will see arriving in branches soon.
We currently have 17 Children's Print Tamil collections at branches across the system. The five small under-used collections are being consolidated into the remaining 12 collections. We are buying new Tamil children’s materials for all of these collections.
We will be continuing to purchase Tamil DVDs for 9 branches. We heard through the consultations that the community was most interested in print materials, as they are able to stream Tamil content through various platforms.
In summary, we are not closing Tamil collections. The plan is to have 20 adult Tamil collections and 12 children’s. With these collections we will be able to buy a lot of new Tamil materials that people will see on the shelves in 2020 in these locations instead of the material being distributed more thinly across a larger number locations.
Let me know if you need any other information.