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Library News

Hello, Board Games!

What do Azul, Catan, Hues and Cues, Ticket to Ride, and Wingspan have in common? They’re all hugely popular board games—and they are all FREE to borrow from Burlington Public Library starting July 2!

Following the overwhelming response to our new puzzle collection last year, we heard back from delighted customers asking for even more recreational items to borrow. And so, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our pilot collection of seventeen different board games!

There are so many board games available today, from long-standing classics such as Clue to trending games like Hues and Cues. This pilot collection offers a wide mix to help us learn which board games BPL members love best.

You will find easy-to-pick-up-and-play games for families and groups with various levels of experience, games for younger children, and some complex strategy games to appeal to a variety of gameplay preferences.

Where to Find Them

To borrow a board game, please place a hold from our catalogue. We'll let you know when the board game becomes available for you to pick up at your preferred location. To find the complete board game collection online, simply type board game into the main search box at the top of any page on our website and online catalogue.

Place a hold for a particular game through your My BPL online account, and we’ll send it to your home branch for you to pick up. You may have one board game on hold in your library account at any time.

You can borrow one board game at a time for seven days. If you want more time with the game, you can renew your loan up to three times, as long as no one is waiting for the item.

About Those Missing Pieces

Like any well-used library collection—jigsaw puzzles, books, DVDs—we know there will be some wear and tear over time. We trust that you’ll play with care, and we’re counting on you to help us monitor missing game pieces. 

If pieces are missing, please thoroughly search your home first and then let staff know what's missing when you return the board game. We will try our best to replace it and keep the board game moving. If you discover a missing item later, please bring it to any branch and give it to a staff member. We’ll happily take it and find its proper home!

Your responsible use of the games will ensure they remain in good condition for everyone in the community to enjoy.

Returning a Board Game

When it’s time to return the game, please hand it to a library staff member inside the library. Do not place it in the outside drop box, where it could get damaged. Although we do not charge a daily overdue fine when you return an item after its due date, we do charge a replacement fee for damaged or missing library items.  

Game On!

Board games are a fun and engaging hobby for players of all ages—and also great for your mental health and well-being! Researchers from McMaster University’s Optimal Aging Portal give board games a big thumbs-up for boosting brain power, reducing anxiety, and creating opportunities for fun social connections.  

So, in the immortal words of one famous literary sleuth: “The game is afoot,” Burlington!