Service Updates

Library hours

  • Monday to Friday: 10am to 7pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday: Noon to 5pm
  • Holidays: Closed

BPL welcomes more visitors

We welcome you into our branches for browsing, time-limited computer use, and sit & stay visits for leisure, work, and study. Central’s 2nd and 3rd floors are now open.

More visitors can come inside our branches—and we ask that you respectfully share library spaces with others. You are welcome to come in for a short stay, longer if no one is waiting to come in, but please be willing to leave if staff ask you to. We’re grateful for your cooperation.

Current library services:

  Visitor Limits Self-Serve
Holds Pick-up
Browse &
Sit & Stay Visit
(limited seats)
Quiet Room
Aldershot 40 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Alton 70 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Brant Hills 40 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Central 150 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
New Appleby 30 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tansley Woods 70 Yes Yes Yes Yes No

NO In-branch programs and room rental.


NEW at Central

Some collections have moved. If you can’t find what you want, we’re here to help.

  • 1st floor: All New & Hot displays
  • 2nd floor: Adult fiction (formerly 3rd floor)
  • 3rd floor: Expanded seating area; Makerspace

When you visit

  • Please read the Halton Region COVID-19 poster at the branch entrance and self-screen before coming inside. By entering, you are affirming that you do not have COVID-19, have not been in close contact with anyone with the virus, and that you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. Please stay at home if you're feeling unwell. Let’s keep vigilant and continue to look after each other.
  • A properly worn face covering is required attire at all times when in the library unless a City of Burlington Mask By-law exemption applies to you.
  • Always practice prevention and maintain an appropriate physical distance from others.
  • No food is permitted inside.
  • Limit your stay if others are waiting to come in.

Printing your proof of vaccination is free at BPL

BPL staff are happy to help you print out your vaccination proof at no cost to you. Please ask a staff member for assistance when you visit a branch.

When you come to the library to print your vaccination receipt, please bring along your green photo Ontario Health (OHIP) card. You need the numbers from both sides of the card to access your vaccination receipt through Ontario Health's online site. You'll be required to provide your birth date and postal code as part of the ID confirmation process, too. Please be assured that library staff respect your privacy at all times when helping you.

At the moment, proof of vaccination is not required to enter the library according to the Provincial guidelines. Please note that this is subject to change.

Limited quiet study rooms available at Central & New Appleby locations

Available on a first-come, first-served basis for those looking for a quiet space to study or work alone. Space is limited due to physical distancing and occupancy restrictions, so we ask that you keep your length of stay reasonable and respectful of others who may be waiting to use a quiet study room.

Central branch quiet room maximum occupancy:

  • 1st floor: 3 people
  • 2nd floor: 1 person

New Appleby branch: maximum 1 person

  • Limiting the number of people inside—or as directed by Province
  • Practicing physical distancing whenever possible
  • Extra cleaning everywhere, especially in high-touch and common areas
  • Computers, keyboards, and workstations are cleaned throughout the day
  • Providing hand sanitizer stations at all entrances
  • Wearing masks and face shields at all times when serving customers.
  • Extending the holds pick-up period to 7 open days to allow more time to move items between branches.
  • Reducing service points and open hours to optimize cleaning and work processes.
  • Staff self-assess their health before coming into work.

Service limitations:

  • Cognitive Care Kits may be borrowed by special arrangement. Please call us at 905.639.3611.
  • No access to inside return slots (Central)
  • Interlibrary Loan service is suspended until January 2022
  • No loaning out of Seed Library packets
  • No Visiting Library Services
  • No room rental
  • No in-branch programs

Province of Ontario Roadmap to Reopen

Use a library computer

Makerspace at Central

Frequently Asked Questions about library services during COVID-19

City of Burlington Mask By-law 62-2020

COVID-19: Get the Information You Need