Burlington Library is Re-Opening Some Branches, Here’s What You Can Do

Burlington Public Library is offering a variety of ways to make good use of your library card. Here’s a look at what you can do from home.


Burlington Public Library is So Much More Than Books

Think outside the books! Burlington Library also offers DVD rentals available for pick-up right now. Explore their catalogue here, and plan a family movie night! In fact, Burlington Library’s website is a wealth of activities and information about the community (not unlike this one!). Here are some of our favourites…



Summer Reading Club – New for 2020, everyone from pre-readers to adults is part of the Summer Reading Club. Watch the library pages every week with a new list of recommended reading for every age group: kids 0-5, kids 6-12, teens and adults! Every week the library staff publishes a new list of books, resources and activities for your family to check out: books, ebooks, manuals, and even video games! You can see all of their Summer Recommendations here.


TumbleBooks – storytime is all of the time with TumbleBooks. You can choose from hundreds of books, at every level and for any topic you can think of. Dozens of National Graphic videos covering everything from Antarctica or Water Purification are all free to watch. Let your kiddos learn about anything they want to! Storybooks for the read-to-me crowd and ebooks and graphic novels for the chapter-book lover at your house. French and Spanish books, too. You don’t need a separate e-reader and you don’t need to download apps or load anything on your devices. TumbleBooks is ready to go on your phone, your iPads and tablets, and on your computer and laptops, and it’s free!


Kanopy and Kanopy Kids– Adults can enjoy critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films and more, while kids get access to hundreds of movies and programs free! All because you have a library card. Mind. Blown. Click here and start watching movies like The Big Short (I loved it) and stories like Don’t Let The Pidgeon Drive The Bus read aloud here.

You can register for a library card online.



Tips For Burlington Library Patrons

Did you return a book, but your account still shows it checked out? That could be because of the 72-hour book quarantine noted below, but don’t worry, no late fines will be charged.

In fact, not late fees will be charged until September 8, 2020. So if you went into the pandemic with a book or two at home, you have until September 8th to return it to a Burlington Library dropbox.


Safety Measures at Burlington Public Library

When your books and DVDs are returned, they’re held for 72 hours before they’re lent out again. Health Canada recommends 24 hours, but BPL is doing a little more to ensure safety for their customers.

Masks are mandatory for all in-person branch visits and for pickups. Forgot your mask? You will be provided with a disposable mask for your visit.


Need a Burlington Public Library card? You can register for a library card online here.



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