The Toronto Public Library (TPL) says access to its system will remain down until the new year as a result of a cyberattack in late October.

“Given the complexity and magnitude of this task involving TPL’s data centre and computers across 100 library branches, and the interconnectivity of our systems, we anticipate the restoration of library services will take several more weeks,” the library said in a media release.

Access to services will be restored gradually starting in January, with priority given to the reinstatement of and public computing services, TPL said.

“We recognize that this is a long period of time without full library services, but this is considered an aggressive timeframe within the context of such an attack and the experience of other institutions in similar circumstances,” the statement reads.

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