HPL branches are closed on Friday, June 16 for Staff Professional Development Day. The Bookmobile is also off the road, and Extended Access is unavailable. Regular service hours resume Saturday, June 17.
Branches are closed on Saturday, July 1st and Sunday, July 2. The Bookmobile is off the road. Extended Access is unavailable. Regular service hours resume Monday, July 3.

Bookmobile Service – Pop-up event The Bookmobile will visit Bayfront Park from 10 am – 12 pm on Saturday, June 3. Hop on board and browse for your weekend read, watch or listen for you and/or your family.

Summer Reading Buddies Volunteers Looking to volunteer this summer? Summer Reading Buddies volunteer applications are now being accepted until Monday, June 5. This is a great way to give back to kids in our Hamilton community looking to improve their reading skills. Keep them reading through the summer months! The Summer Reading Program will run from July 3 until August 18. Apply now at

Summer Reading Club Begins June 24 Summer Reading Club kicks off on Saturday, June 24 at all branches. Get ready for a fun summer filled with special performers, crafting, family-friendly concerts and so much more. Visit for the full line-up.

Draw A Bookmark Contest Draw an image of what you like to do, see, read, watch and listen to at the library. Three winners will be selected from each age category: Birth-5 years, 6-9 years, 10-13 years, and, 14-18 years. Each of the twelve (12) winning bookmarks will be available, one per month, at all Hamilton Public Library branches and spotlighted on social media and website. Download the contest entry form and drop off your bookmark submission to your local Branch or Bookmobile visit before or on Sunday, June 25.

29th Annual Power of the Pen Creative Writing Contest The invites writers ages 12-18 to submit original poetry and short stories in English, French or both languages. Prizes are for 1st and 2nd place in seven age groups in poetry and short story categories. Submit your work via the  before or on Friday, September 29.

2023 Hamilton Reads Title Choice is Unveiled Read Nothing The Same, Everything Haunted: The Ballad of Motl the Cowboy by local author, Gary Barwin, this summer. Pick up a tic tac toe card at any branch or bookmobile visit, complete the activities and win yourself a stylish HPL Reads belt bag to sport around town. Visit our for full details.

Send Postcards to Someone Special Pick up the two newest summer-themed postcards and send special greetings to seniors living in long-term care homes and socially isolated residents. Complete the mailing address (see and drop off at any branch – we’ll take care of the postage.

After Hours Study Halls Looking for a quiet study space or space to work? The Turner Park and Valley Park Branches now offer after-hours Mondays-Thursdays, 8pm-Midnight (except on statutory holidays). The Dundas, Red Hill, Terryberry and Waterdown branches also offer this service.