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Update March 6, 2020

With the current news about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), as CEO/Chief Librarian of Hamilton Public Library, I want to assure community members that HPL has a robust Pandemic Plan. We are taking a proactive approach to COVID-19 and are making it a high priority to ensure accurate, up-to-date and reliable information about the virus is available to the public. Specifically, we want to ensure people have access to information about:

  • The risks of a pandemic
  • Steps to reduce the risk of exposure
  • Steps to take if you or someone you know becomes ill
  • Other useful information about planning for and coping with a pandemic

We are working closely with Public Health, the City of Hamilton and other community partners. As the situation evolves, we will adapt our services as needed and work to minimize the impact of inaccurate information.

We all need to work together to ensure that COVID-19 does not lead to unnecessary fear or division in our community. HPL’s overriding priority is to help keep the public and staff safe, healthy and informed.

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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