Central Library

Open Hours: 
Sun: Holiday Closure

Mon: Holiday Closure

Tue: 8:00 am-8:00 pm

Wed: 8:00 am-8:00 pm

Thu: 8:00 am-8:00 pm

Fri: 8:00 am-6:00 pm

Sat: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Note: Public computers shut down 15 minutes and Makerspaces close 30 minutes before the branch closes.
Study Hall Hours*: 
Sunday: Closed

Monday: Holiday Closure

Tuesday: 8:00 pm-12:00 am

Wednesday: 8:00 pm-12:00 am

Thursday: 8:00 pm-12:00 am

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

55 York Boulevard
L8N 4E4 Hamilton, ON
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Bus Routes: 
Any bus that stops at the MacNab Street Terminal and/or at King & James St
Branch Manager: 
Zaman Kazi, Shelley McKay, Dijia Qin, Sarah Gauthier, Mark Georgui, Allison Stockton-Aird, Meghan Tinmouth, Luke Stempien, Matthew Blacquiere, Katelyn Granger
Branch Features: 
Book Return
Wheelchair Accessible
French Collection
Bike Rack
Self-Serve Lamination
Black and White and Colour Copying
Scan to USB and Email
Accessible Features: 
Accessible Counter
Accessible Washroom
Automatic Door Opener
Accessible Ramp
Accessible Interview Space
Family Change Room

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Central Library
Central Library

On June 18-19, a new Hamilton Public Library exterior sign will be installed at Central Library. A portion of the sidewalk on York Boulevard will be closed as well as one traffic lane. The York Boulevard entryway to the Library will remain open.

The first Hamilton Public Library building opened on September 16, 1890 by the Earl and Countess of Aberdeen on the north side of Main Street West. In 1913, a new main library opened. This building was replaced in 1980 by Central Library, at the current location on York Boulevard.

In 2010, Central Library re-opened after approximately 18 months of renovations. Central Library opened with a newly revitalized first floor, which includes a Community Living Room that takes advantage of natural light. The Ontario Library Association honoured Central in 2012 with an Architectural and Design Transformation award. 

Central Library offers materials and programming for children, teens and adults. The Library also has dedicated spaces and program rooms for children, teens and adults.

Visit the Newcomer Learning Centre on the 4th Floor for English language learning resources, programs and services.

The Local History & Archives (LH&A) Department has been collecting and preserving Hamilton's history since 1914. LH&A is located on the 3rd Floor.

Central Library is located at 55 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON L8R 3K1.

Directions From Toronto:

Take Highway 401 to Highway 403.
Exit at York Boulevard.
Follow York Boulevard past Bay Street and FirstOntario Centre.
Library is on the right-hand side.

From Niagara Falls:

Take QEW Westbound to Highway 403, Hamilton
Exit at York Boulevard.
Follow York Boulevard past Bay Street and FirstOntario Centre.
Library is on the right-hand side.

From Brantford:

Take Highway 403 to Hamilton.
Exit at Main Street East.
Follow Main Street to Bay Street.
Turn left onto Bay Street.
Follow Bay Street to York Boulevard and turn right past FirstOntario Centre
Library is on the right-hand side.


Public parking lots are located in the immediate vicinity.

* For Couriers and Deliveries: The physical address of Central Library is 55 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON L8R 3K1