Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update March 14, 2020

The Hamilton Public Library is taking action to reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19.

All Hamilton Public Library branches are closed effective 5PM Saturday March 14.

While the Library is closed, no library materials will become due. HPL’s online resources are available 24/7. Customers 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. 

During the closure, HPL staff will be ready to answer your questions over the phone or online. For more information, please continue to check back on this site.

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

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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