The Province of Ontario has announced that, “A provincewide shutdown will help interrupt or slow current community transmission, reduce mobility and allow our health care and public health systems that are reaching critical limits to recover briefly and catch-up.” During this period, libraries are able to offer Curbside Pickup. Brampton Library is pleased to confirm that all 8 branch libraries will offer this service, at varying times, each week.

Effective Monday, December 28, 2020, our in-person services will be limited to contactless Curbside Pickup services only, for the duration of the province-wide shutdown. Our services will be reevaluated when these restrictions are lifted.

While our branches are closed, there are still multiple ways to access our materials and use your Library:

Curbside Pickup is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Click Here for our Curbside Pickup hours of operation and instructions on how to place holds.

When you arrive, watch for our bright green signs and prepare to provide the last 4 digits of your library card. Click here to apply for your own Brampton Library card.

Even when our branches are closed, our website is open. Members can borrow free of charge a wide range of digital items that entertain and support online learning. Click here to discover our digital collections.

As this very challenging year draws to a close and we look ahead to better in 2021, Brampton Library Board members and staff extend to you our warmest holiday wishes and a happier new year!

Susan Bartoletta

Interim CEO

Your Brampton Library membership offers access to a wide range of free digital resources, in addition to free access to our borrowable physical materials, for all ages and interests. Brampton Library’s digital library has enjoyed tremendous growth over the past few years especially in the categories of e-books and audiobooks. As a responsible service provider, we are constantly evaluating our purchasing decisions, taking into consideration both cost and usage. Like any organization, we are also impacted by circumstances beyond our control. At this time, we are providing the following digital collections service updates for your information.

1. While we are pleased to continue to offer access to free digital newspapers and magazines through PressReader, effective December 31, 2020, the RBdigital platform and apps will no longer be available. Previously known as Zinio, RBdigital is coming under the ownership of KKR & Co. media company and will therefore no longer be operating as an independent library service. Please visit our RBdigital FAQ for more information.

To read full colour digital issues of current and popular magazines from over 120 countries in over 60 languages for free with your Brampton Library card, we encourage you to try PressReader. Enjoy the convenience of reading in your web browser, or download the Pressreader app for iOS or Android. See getting started with PressReader to learn more.

2. Effective December 31, 2020, My Canada will no longer be offered. For helpful resources designed for Canadian Citizenship test preparation, we recommend the following:

3. Effective December 31, 2020, World Book Online Suite will no longer be offered. Included in this collection are World Book Advanced, Early Learning, L’Encyclopédie Découverte, and World Book Kids. For helpful resources designed for K-12 homework help and research, we recommend World Book Student for elementary and middle school students, and Gale General OneFile for grades 8 and up.

4. Last but not least, we have made the difficult decision to remove access to Freegal from our website, effective January 31, 2021. Please visit our Freegal FAQs for more information, including instructions on how to download, transfer and keep your music downloads

Thank you for your attention to these updates and for using our services!. If you need assistance, or would like to share your feedback or concerns, please contact us through ask a question or call 905-793-4636.

 

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