Warm up at the library

Please note: Effective Jan 5, our Alton branch is temporarily closed. See Related Links below for our up-to-date hours and location information.

When it's too cold for comfort... come on in! Your local library branch offers a toasty place to sit & relax when the temperature plunges and Halton Region issues an extreme cold alert. Companion pets may come inside with their owners.

COVID-19 precautions: A properly worn face covering is required attire at all times inside the library, and we ask visitors to practice 2m/6' physical distancing as a courtesy to others. Library visitors are expected to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before entering our branches, as stated on entryway signs.

An extreme cold alert is issued by Halton Region when the daily predicted low temperature is -15 degrees Celsius without wind-chill, or Environment Canada issues an Extreme Cold Warning for outdoor activity.

Exposure to freezing temperatures could result in cold-related injuries such as frostbite or hypothermia. Check the City of Burlington link below for information on preparing for emergencies such as a severe winter storm or winter power failure.

Extreme cold can affect anyone, depending on the length of exposure and activity level. Those especially at risk include:

  • Adults over age 65
  • Infants and young children
  • People who work or exercise outside
  • People without adequate housing/shelter

Quick tips on how to take action and protect your health:

  • Dress for the weather: hat, mittens, scarf, boots.
  • Cover exposed skin with loose-fitting clothing.
  • Keep moving, but don't work up a sweat.
  • Remove wet clothes as soon a possible.
  • Drink warm fluids, but avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks.
  • Take shelter from the wind.
  • Shivering helps to increase your body's core temperature.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead when venturing out.


Seek a warm place as soon as possible and get medical help right away if you or someone you know experiences:

  • difficulty speaking, thinking, and walking (hypothermia symptoms); or,
  • loss of feeling and colour in hands, feet, nose, ears, or cheeks (frostbite symptoms).

Branch locations & hours

When bad weather hits - Stay informed about library inclement weather closures

City of Burlington Extreme Weather Alerts

City of Burlington Emergency Plan and Preparedness

Halton Region: Cold warnings and what you can do to protect your health

Environment & Climate Change Canada: Burlington weather