The following is the media release. 

Welcome Back: HPL Fines and Fees Free until Dec 2021, No Fees on Children’s Materials, Invitation to Pay-It-Forward For Youth Literacy

HAMILTON, ON – July 14, 2020 – Hamilton Public Library (HPL) is waiving all

fines and fees accumulated from March 15, 2020 to December 31, 2021 and

permanently eliminating fines and fees on materials for children and teens.

This ensures library access without fear of fines and supports the community

through the pandemic and the recovery period. The Library reopens with a

fresh start for all Hamilton residents.

“Hamilton is built on innovation, resilience and compassion. The library is

offering everyone in Hamilton – kids, teens and adults – a fresh start by

resolving and waiving library fines until December 31, 2021. All youth material

fines have been eliminated permanently. HPL is your library. Now, everyone

can equally access the library. And those who can, are invited to pay-it-forward

to help others,” says Paul Takala, Chief Librarian/CEO, Hamilton Public Library.

HPL is also launching a pay-it-forward donor fund to support kids’ literacy and

learning in late summer. The fund increases access to quality learning

resources, to better prepare Hamilton’s youth for tomorrow.

HPL’s Board passed this resolution at its June 17, 2020 meeting. The

community and financial impacts of these changes over the next 18 months will

be reported to the Board in Q4 2021. Learn more about Fines and Fees at

Library members can check their accounts at For assistance, call

905.546.3200, email or chat at

About Hamilton Public Library

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