The safety and wellbeing of our community and staff is our number one priority. We are closely monitoring the advice from the Government and Ministry of Health and will be updating our website and social media platforms as new information becomes available.

To protect our community, all Hamilton City Libraries will be temporarily closed, effective Sunday 22 March as a precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The full story about Hamilton City Council facilities temporary closure can be found at Our Hamilton.

Can I check out books while the libraries are closed?
No. You are not able to check out any books while the libraries are closed.

Can I still access e-books?
Yes. We would encourage the community to utilise our e-services while the closure is in place. See below for information on how to access this.

What if I have books that need to be returned?
The library has extended its loan period for all items that are currently out on loan. The loan period of the books has been 'paused' until the libraries are fully open again.

You may still receive notices regarding items checked out-please ignore these.

Please do not return books in the after-hours slots at this time.​

I requested a book at the Library, can I pick it up?
No. We will not be issuing any books while we are closed. Your book will be here for you when we reopen. 

What about the Library programmes we rely on?

We are looking at potentially shifting some programmes such as Storytime and Wriggle and Rhyme online and will increase homebound services for customers in self-isolation. 

Like many businesses nationwide we are monitoring this situation closely. We are working with the Ministry of Health and other lead agencies as we respond to a fast-moving situation. We are continually updating our plans and actions as we get new information, so we can make the best decisions for our facility and our city.​

We urge people to use their best judgment, and common sense:

  • Avoid crowded spaces

  • Observe social distancing – two metres is recommended

  • If you have flu-like symptoms, please prioritise your health and that of the community – stay home and rest up.  

We want to be here for anyone in our community who may need us, but we encourage everyone to be proactive when it comes to their own health and safety, as well as others.

As a Hamiltonian how can I help?

How can I use library services from home?

All library members have access to our eCollections and online resources. This includes eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, and databases across many platforms. These are available on many devices, as well as being accessible from a web browser.

You will need to know your library card number (C*******D) and PIN to access these - please contact us at if you need your details updated.


Last updated 21 March 2020