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More to Borrow

Borrow around the bay, Hamilton Public Library and Burlington Public Library logos at the bottom of a landscape of green rolling hills and water

Borrow Around the Bay

More to borrow

Hamilton Public Library and Burlington Public Library cardholders now have double the borrowing power.

Library Members from each system can borrow books, DVDs/Blu-Ray, CDs, audiobooks, magazines, video games and more at the other system’s branches, as part of the Borrow Around the Bay partnership.

Show your HPL card at any of BPL’s six branches -- or show your BPL card at any of HPL’s 23 branches -- sign up and voila, you can now enjoy membership at both library systems. We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions detailing how it all works. Read on and enjoy the benefits.


Library materials on the shelf and on the computer, below is a list of our partner libraries. Left to right, Hamilton Public Library, Burlington Public Library, Mississauga Public Library, Ottawa Public Library, London Public Library.

More to Borrow on OverDrive

Now borrow up to five times as many eBooks and eAudiobooks with a Hamilton Public Library card.

HPL, Burlington, Mississauga, London and Ottawa public libraries are sharing their eCollections, which means a greater selection of eReads and quicker access to them for customers in each community.

HPL OverDrive Catalogue is displayed with an arrow pointing to the top right corner.Step-by-step instructions:

Head to OverDrive and at the top right it says Partner Libraries.

  1. Choose to browse catalogues at Burlington Public Library, Mississauga Library System, London Public Library or Ottawa Public Library.
  2. When you find your read, click/tap BORROW or PLACE A HOLD. This takes you to a Welcome page.
  3. Select Hamilton Public Library in the drop-down menu.
  4. Type in your 14-digit HPL card number and PIN.
  5. Click Sign In.
  6. If the title is immediately available, you can choose the length of time you’d like to borrow the eBook or eAudiobook: 7, 14 or 21 days. Then click Borrow.
  7. If there’s a WAIT LIST for the title, click PLACE HOLD. Type in your email address in the next pop-up screen and click PLACE HOLD.


  • Items borrowed from a partner library are not listed in your Hamilton Public Library OverDrive account. Look in your visitor account at Burlington, Mississauga, London or Ottawa public libraries for what’s checked out to you.
  • OverDrive/Libby app users can add the partner library systems to your account. The app allows you to see holds and checkouts all in one place.
  • Each library system gives first priority to its home customers, for digital items on a wait list.
  • Customer borrowing parameters are set by each partner library.