Media Releases

HAMILTON, ON – May 3, 2024 – Hamilton Public Library invites you into a world of provocative short stories with this year's Hamilton Reads selection, the celebrated Chrysalis by Hamilton's Anuja Varghese. Winner of the 2023 Governor General's Literary Award, Chrysalis is a collection of genre-blending stories of transformation and belonging that centre around women of colour, queerness, family and community.

HAMILTON, ON – February 12, 2024 – Hamilton Public Library celebrates Black History Month and the life and legacy of Hamilton jazz legend Jackie Washington with a Noon Hour Concert by Blues musician Harrison Kennedy and Stewart Memorial Church Choir at Central Library February 16.

HAMILTON, ON – December 19, 2023 – Hamilton Public Library cardholders read and watched more than five million physical and digital items in 2023. Here are the Top 10 lists based on the most checked-out and renewed titles at HPL’s 23 branches and Bookmobile.

HAMILTON, ON – May 12, 2022 – First Canada issued a resounding well done for author Norma Dunning’s short story collection Tainna: The Unseen Ones. Now it’s Hamilton’s turn to do the same.

HAMILTON, ON – May 9, 2022 – Regional Indigenous artists and makers are setting up shop at Central Library on dedicated Saturdays starting in May with the launch of the Indigenous Market at HPL.

HAMILTON, ON – February 18, 2022 – Oh, the places you’ll go with Hamilton Public Library. A free child’s PRESTO card joins the growing list of perks that come with a HPL library card. The card enables children ages 6-12 to ride for free on HSR and Accessible Transportation Services (DARTS). Head to any HPL branch to get a free PRESTO card until supplies last.

HAMILTON, ON – January 28, 2022 – Throughout February, Hamilton Public Library (HPL) honours Black history, culture and the legacy of Black Canadians with a lineup of author talks, concerts, activity sheets, reading lists and more. Full details are at

HAMILTON, ON – January 18, 2022 – Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Hamilton Public Library, Grimsby Public Library, and Wellington County Library. HCA has provided membership passes to these library systems, giving library patrons the opportunity to visit HCA areas, free.

HAMILTON, ON – October 27, 2021 – Lisa Radha Weaver, Director of Collections and Program Development, Hamilton Public Library is an Internet Hero and has an award from the U.S.-based Internet Archive to prove it.

HAMILTON, ON – Sep 17, 2021 – First vaccinations, then valuable paperwork. Hamilton Public Library and Hamilton Public Health Services are making the first steps easier with mobile pop-up vaccine clinics throughout the city — including several at Hamilton Public Library branches.