The Canada Comics Open Library (CCOL) is a non-profit which, like public libraries, collects books and makes them available free of charge. But in their case they focus solely on comic books and graphic novels with an extra interest in books by minority groups and women. It is volunteer run and is sustained by donations and grants. They opened their location in Toronto this year within the Center for Social Innovation. In addition to their collection, the library runs events and workshops with comic creators to share their knowledge and inspire more creators. They also run an artist in residence program to highlight a local creator and support them in exchange for sharing their talent.

They are seeking a modest amount of $5500 to stay open for the next year. Additional funds raised would be put towards expanding their activities and paying their volunteers so they may dedicate more effort to the initiative.

You can find a lot more details on their indiegogo campaign page or their website at