Hamilton libraries will now offer curbside pickup

Book lovers of Hamilton can finally get their hands on those hotly-anticipated titles again, as the Hamilton Public Library is reopening for curbside pickup of reserved library materials.

Libraries, like most other public spaces, have had their doors shuttered for months amid the uncertainties and risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, as pieces of the province begin to reopen little by little, Hamilton’s libraries are able to resume services under an adjusted model.

How does this new borrowing model work? Beginning June 15th, library cardholders within the Hamilton Public Library system will be able to log on to their online accounts to manage all holds of library materials.

From there, a pickup date and time can be scheduled at your nearest branch via the online calendar beginning with June 23rd. Current participating branches include Central, Dundas, Red Hill, and Terryberry, with more added over time.

Then, locals with library materials arranged for pickup can head to their selected branch at their selected time, and safely get their hands on those sweet, sweet books they’ve been dying to read during quarantine. Materials can be kept and enjoyed for up to four weeks, then dropped in one of the Hamilton Public Library’s return boxes.

As of now, all Hamilton Public Library physical locations remain closed from public access; but hey, what a great way to keep getting a wealth of books into the hands of Hamiltonians amid challenging circumstances.

To learn more about the Hamilton Public Library’s new takeout model, check out their website.

Lead image courtesy of @hamiltonlibrary

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