Burlington Public Library

Have you visited your local library lately? Now is a good time to stock up on some great books for all your summer reading!


The Burlington Public Library (BPL) has been serving the city of Burlington, Ontario for over 140 years. The library has six locations, with a seventh set to open in Alton Village in September 2013. The new Alton Library, located at the corner of Tim Dobbie Drive and Dundas Street, is a joint integrated public and high school library – the first of its kind in Burlington.

Aren’t libraries a thing of the past?

Not at all! Step into any branch of the Burlington Public Library, and you’ll see why. There’s a quiet buzz in the air, and the librarians are friendly and willing to answer just about any question. There are computers and software available to be used and Wifi is available, all free, of course. You can even text a librarian! You’ll still find a huge selection of books and lots of cosy corners to read them in.

If you can’t find the book you’re looking for at your local branch, go online and place a hold. As soon as the book is available, you’ll be notified that it’s ready to be picked up. How much does this convenient service cost, you may ask? It’s free, as long as you have a library card.

Not just books

If you’re not really the reading type, you can still take advantage of your local library. Your Burlington Public Library card lets you borrow DVDs, CDs, eBooks and eReaders, and video games. Your card also gives you access to Freegal, a free and legal downloadable music service.


Photo by Ron Kuzyk, RK Photography

So many programs, so little time!

The Burlington Public Library offers exciting programs for kids, teens and adults. Kids can attend a book camp, join a summer reading club, listen in at Storytime or make a cool craft. Teens can join a writing circle or Toastmasters, enter a contest, learn something new at “I’ll Show You How” or become a reading buddy for a younger child who needs some extra support. For adults, there are heritage programs, newcomers programs, seminars for parents, computer classes, or attend a BYOB (bring your own BOOK) event.

This online video production course would be a fun way to spend your time this summer:

Who can get a library card?

The Burlington Public Library is tax supported, which means that library cards are free for everyone who:

  • lives, works or attends school in Burlington
  • pays property taxes in Burlington
  • lives in the Halton Region
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Photo by Ron Kuzyk, RK Photography

Summer is a great time to check out your local Burlington library branch!

Happy reading!

About the Author Teresa Baerg

Teresa Baerg is a writer, editor and self-confessed word-nerd who loves telling a good story. She is proud to call Burlington home for over a decade. She is passionate about her family, sunshine and palm trees, growing veggies, running and cycling, good books, good food and good coffee. And football. Twitter: @teresabaerg Instagram: @teresabaerg Website: teresakbaerg.com

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