More to Borrow

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Our library partners with other public libraries, so you have a wider selection of items to read, listen to, and watch.

Borrow from Local Libraries

You can borrow physical items from the public libraries in Hamilton, Oakville, Milton, and Halton Hills with your BPL card. The only exception is access to online resources like LinkedIn Learning, PressReader, etc.

Once you have registered your BPL card number with a partner library, you can place holds and borrow directly from that system using their online catalogue or in person. Some borrowing restrictions may apply. Please get in touch with the libraries for more information.

When borrowing from another library system, please remember to return the item to the system that owns it; BPL will not return items on your behalf.

Borrow eBooks from Six Ontario Libraries

As a BPL member, you can borrow over 360,000 shared titles in the OverDrive/Libby digital collections at six public library systems, including ours: Hamilton, Mississauga, London, Ottawa, and Kingston Frontenac.

You can add these partner libraries to your OverDrive/Libby account and access their digital books. Though the OverDrive/Libby collections are linked, members of each system do not compete with non-residents for books in their home library collection. Instead, each library system gives first priority to its members if there is a waitlist for a book.

Customers may borrow up to 10 eBooks and place 20 holds from BPL's OverDrive collection at any one time.

The public library you borrow from sets the borrowing limits and loan period options. 

On the OverDrive Website

  1. Visit BPL's OverDrive collection main page. You will find a link to each partner library at the top of your screen in the "Partner libraries" drop-down menu or close to the bottom of your screen.
  2. Select the library you want to visit: Hamilton Public Library (HPL), Mississauga Library (ML), London Public Library (LPL), Ottawa Public Library (OPL), and Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL).
  3. Browse the collection on the partner's OverDrive site as usual. When you are ready to borrow from a partner library, select BORROW to get to their OverDrive Welcome page, where you can sign in as a visitor.
  4. Select your home library (Burlington Public Library) on the Welcome page in the drop-down menu. Then, enter your 14-digit BPL card number and 4-digit BPL PIN to access your visitor account at that partner library.

In OverDrive's Libby App

  1. Click the library card icon at the top of the search page (accessed using the magnifying glass).
  2. Click the "Add Library" button.
  3. Search for the partner library you would like to link to your OverDrive/Libby account and select that library.
  4. Click "Sign In With My Card" and enter your BPL card number and PIN (the last four digits of your phone number on file unless you have changed it).
  5. Now you can toggle between your BPL and partner library cards in the Libby app. You will see all your holds and borrows from partner libraries on your "Shelf."

When you are ready to borrow a digital book from Burlington Public Library's OverDrive collection, on the BPL Welcome page, select your home library in the drop-down menu. You must sign in using your HPL, ML, LPL, OPL, or KFPL library card number and PIN when checking out items from BPL OverDrive.