Hamilton, Burlington library cardholders now have double the borrowing power

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Published July 14, 2021 at 11:45 am


Library cardholders in both Hamilton and Burlington have just had their borrowing power doubled.

On Tuesday (July 13), the Hamilton Public Library (HPL) and Burlington Public Library (BPL) launched their ‘Borrow Around the Bay’ partnership.

The partnership allows for library members from each system can borrow books, DVDs/Blu-Ray, CDs, audiobooks, magazines, video games and more at the other system’s branches.

“We are excited for this new Borrow Around the Bay partnership, with our library system neighbour,” said HPL’s CEO and Chief Librarian, Paul Takala.

“Residents from both communities now have more access to the latest titles, movies, music and more, in both digital and print formats.”

Upon signing up, HPL cardholders will be able to access and borrow from any of BPL’s six branches, and BPL members can access and borrow content from any of HPL’s 23 branches.

Borrowed items from Hamilton or Burlington will appear in their respective accounts and Hamilton Civic Museum passes and electronic device loans (i.e. tablets) are exempt from this borrowing partnership.

This new content-sharing initiative complements a program that gives library members access to digital eBooks and eAudiobooks at BPL through OverDrive. This service now includes access to e-collections at London, Mississauga, and Ottawa libraries.

“Burlington Public Library is thrilled about this latest partnership with Hamilton,” said BPL CEO Lita Barrie.

“Greater access to library materials is a bonus for all residents.”

For more information on the Hamilton Public Library, visit the website. For more information on the Burlington Public Library, check it out here.

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