In the midst of COVID-19, the Hamilton Public Library has closed its physical branches. Despite this, their online resources remain available! HPL online boasts a wide collection of books, magazines and newspapers, movies, music and more.

Continue reading to learn more about what’s available through HPL online.

eBooks and eAudio

The HPL online collection of books, including scanned books, eBooks and audio books boasts over 130, 000 titles! Scanned books are held on a platform called OpenLibrary however, the library holds its primary collection of eBooks and audiobooks on a platform called Overdrive.


In order to borrow books using OverDrive, you will need to hold an HPL library card. On OverDrive, you will be prompted to enter your library card number and PIN when you borrow a book. If you do not already have a library card with HPL, you can create one online here:

Once logged in to OverDrive, readers can browse ebooks, audiobooks and magazines by subject, looks through collections or search by title or author.

Furthermore, readers can choose between audiobook and eBook versions of the same titles and borrow or place on hold if currently unavailable.

Magazines and Newspapers

Online access to the New York Times is available through HPL online. This service also requires readers to hold an HPL library card. Despite requiring readers to renew their subscriptions every 72 hours, access is free and unlimited!

Also available are online copies of the Hamilton Spectator dating back to 1991. What was happening on this day, 20 years ago? Go back in time with a copy of the Globe and Mail from 1844!

Movies and Music


Library card holders can quickly and easily create Kanopy accounts. With your account, browse classic films, documentaries, world cinema and  Oscar winners all for free!

Great Courses

“The Great Courses Library Collection [holds] … hundreds of courses spanning thousands of in-depth video lectures on subjects like Science, Health & Wellness, and much more.”

With subjects spanning from economics and finance to food and wine, hobby and leisure and history, everyone is bound to find a course that matches their interests. Once you have selected a course, clicking checkout will open a prompt to sign in. If it’s your first time signing into RBDigital, click Register now in the bottom left hand corner of the window to register using your library card number.

The above is just a taste of the extensive content available through the Hamilton Public Library. Use the links below to continue to explore.

Visit HPL online here:, or navigate to it from by clicking HPL online in the blue menu on the left side of the screen.

Questions about how to use OpenLibrary can be entered here: Additionally, use this site to access help pages and FAQs.

Similarly, help with using Overdrive can be found here:

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