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Update April 2020

All Hamilton Public Library branches are currently closed.

While the Library is closed, no library materials will become due.

HPL’s online resources are available 24/7. Members can find eBooks, eAudio, magazines, newspapers and more. Simply use your Library card and PIN.

And, you can access the full The Hamilton Spectator. During the COVID-19 outbreak, The Hamilton Spectator is making their pandemic information free for everyone. 

And, watch the latest news from the federal and provincial governments on CPAC

During the closure, HPL staff are ready to answer your questions over the phone or online. For more information, see Book an Appointment.

If you are looking for community resources to help during the pandemic, see the Red Book Hamilton. Staff are creating special lists for COVID-19.

Please take care, wash your hands regularly, practice physical distancing and follow up-to-date Public Health advice.

Paul Takala, Chief Librarian/CEO
Nick van Velzen, Library Board Chair


To find more information, visit these trusted websites:

Information from Local, Provincial and National Agencies 

Call Centers 

Government of Canada:  

City of Hamilton 

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus):

A Parent Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists   

Multilingual Information from the Government of Ontario 

The Ministry of Health has developed an information sheet about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to inform Ontarians about the virus, how they can protect themselves and what to do if they think they have contracted the 2019 novel coronavirus. The information sheet is available in multiple languages.

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