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Visiting Library Service

Senior reading a book

Extending Access to Library Materials

The Visiting Library Service (VLS) provides a wide range of library materials to Hamilton residents unable to get to a Library or make use of HPL’s services on their own.

HPL staff select materials based on needs and interests. Materials are mailed directly to the individual each month (more details below). All library materials may be borrowed. The service is convenient and free. Individuals can apply directly or have a relative, friend or social worker apply on their behalf. Please note it may take 4-6 weeks from the time of application to first delivery.

To qualify individuals must:

  • Be homebound or institutionalized for three months or longer because of age, illness, frailty or caregiver responsibilities.
  • Be a Hamilton resident.

You can submit your application:

Borrow By Mail Service

Borrow By Mail service is Hamilton Public Library’s free, outreach service.

Library Materials Delivered Directly to You

We will mail library materials to you each month. These are selected according to your preferences that we have on file.

Returning Library Materials: It’s Quick and Easy

  • You will not be charged late fines for any library materials. Take your time to enjoy your materials and return them at your convenience.

Multiple Options for Returning Library Materials

  • With each mailing, we’ll include a postage-paid return envelope to return items.
  • Your family or friends can return the items on your behalf.
  • Items can be returned to any HPL branch drop box.

Canada Post offers a Delivery Accommodation Program to help you post packages back to the library. For more information about this program, please call Canada Post at 1-844-454-3009.

For general questions, please call 905-546-3200, extension 3222. You may also email ASKHPL@hpl.ca or chat with us through our website, hpl.ca.