Hamilton Public Library, view from top of Stelco Tower
|Type||public library system in Hamilton, Ontario|
|Location||55 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON L8N 4E4, Canada|
|Items collected||Books, DVDs, Blu-ray DVDs, Music CDs, Audio Books, E-books, Archival materials related to the region, Artwork and Ephemeral|
|Access and use|
|Circulation||over 7 million items circulated|
|Budget||31 million dollars|
|Director||Paul Takala, CEO & Chief Librarian|
|Website||Hamilton Public Library website|
HPL services include the Local History and Archives department (formerly called Special Collections), which houses an extensive collection of local history resources and government documents from the City of Hamilton, and the Learning Centre, which provides access to language materials for new Canadians. In recent years, the HPL’s collection of online resources has expanded rapidly, and now features more than 30 databases covering a great variety of topic areas.
- Information and reference services
- Access to full text databases
- Community information
- Internet access
- Reader's advisory services
- Programs for children, youth and adults
- Delivery to homebound individuals
- Interlibrary loan
- Free downloadable ebooks and eaudiobooks
- Multi-purpose rooms including the Hamilton Room at Central Library
- Free musical concerts and dance performances
- Six art galleries across the systems that exhibit local artists, artisans, archival displays and organizations
Public libraries have operated in Hamilton since the 1830s, although the first branches were privately operated and tended to be ephemeral in nature.
Hamilton and Gore Mechanics' Institute was one of a series of Mechanic's Institutes that were set up around the world after becoming popular in Britain. The Mechanic's Institutes libraries eventually became public libraries when the establishment of free libraries occurred.
Hamilton city council voted to publicly fund the construction and operation of a library in 1889. This building opened in February 1890. Hamilton was the first city in Canada to erect a new building for the express purpose of housing a library. A HPL branch opened on Hamilton’s Barton Street in 1908. Andrew Carnegie funded a new main library, which opened in 1913. This was in turn replaced by a new, six-storey central library in 1980. Today, only one half of the building houses public collections. Once restricted to the city of Hamilton, the HPL service area was expanded when the outlying townships were amalgamated into the City in 2001. The now-amalgamated City of Dundas had had its own library in operation since 1822. The outlying rural towns had previously been served by the Wentworth Libraries system. In 2001, the Wentworth and Dundas libraries amalgamated with the HPL into a single system with 22 branches, 34 bookmobile stops, a virtual online branch and a Visiting Library Service for the homebound.
List of branches
|Branch Name||Address||Location within City|
|Ancaster||300 Wilson St. E.||Ancaster|
|Barton||571 Barton St. E.||East|
|Binbrook||2641 Highway 56||Binbrook|
|Carlisle||1496 Center Rd||Carlisle|
|Central Library||55 York Blvd.||Downtown|
|Concession||565 Concession St.||Central Mountain|
|Dundas||18 Ogilvie St.||Dundas|
|Freelton||1803 Brock Rd.||Freelton|
|Greensville||59 Kirby Ave.||Dundas|
|Kenilworth||103 Kenilworth Ave. N.||East|
|Locke||285 Locke St. S.||Downtown|
|Lynden||110 Lynden Rd.||Lynden|
|Millgrove (Closed as of November 2015)||857 Millgrove Sdrd.||Millgrove|
|Mount Hope||3027 Homestead Drive||Mount Hope|
|Picton (Closed as of June 2009)||502 James St N.||Downtown|
|Red Hill||695 Queenston Rd.||East|
|Rockton (Closed as of December 2012)||795 Old Highway 8||Rockton|
|Saltfleet||131 Grays Rd.||Stoney Creek|
|Sherwood||467 Upper Ottawa St.||East Mountain|
|Stoney Creek||777 Highway 8||Stoney Creek|
|Terryberry||100 Mohawk Rd. W.||West Mountain|
|Turner Park||352 Rymal Road East||South Mountain|
|Valley Park||970 Paramount Dr.||East Mountain|
|Waterdown||2163 Dundas St. E.||Waterdown|
|Westdale||955 King St W.||West|
- "Community Highlights for Hamilton (City)". 2001 Canadian Census. Retrieved 2006-12-04.
- "Hamilton Public Library Home". Hamilton Public Library website. Retrieved 2007-02-15.
- Harris, Michael. History Of Libraries In The Western World. 4th ed. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1995, p. 153.
- "History of the Hamilton Public Library". Hamilton Public Library website. Archived from the original on 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
- Dongen, Matthew Van (2017-01-27). "4 million: Visits surge to Hamilton's 22 library branches". The Hamilton Spectator. ISSN 1189-9417. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
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