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Update March 13, 2020

The Hamilton Public Library has activated Level 2 of our Pandemic Plan. We are taking these actions to reduce risk of community spread of COVID-19.

All Hamilton Public Library branches will remain open.

Effective Saturday, March 14 the following HPL activities will be suspended until April 6:

  • All Library programs and group activities are cancelled
  • Bookmobile service is cancelled
  • Visiting Library Service is cancelled

We are suspending these activities to ensure effective social distancing, an important strategy to reduce the risk of virus spread. The Library will also reduce the density of seating and computers (where applicable) in our spaces.

We will continue to monitor the situation. We will be proactive about communicating changes to services needed to protect public health.

Paul Takala
Chief Librarian / CEO


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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