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Central Library

Open Hours: 
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
55 York Boulevard
L8N 4E4 Hamilton, ON
Google Map
Bus Routes: 
Any bus that stops at the MacNab Street Terminal and/or at King & James St
Branch Manager: 
Zaman Kazi, Lorie Lee, Erica Conly, Shelley McKay, Karen Milligan, Dijia Qin
Branch Features: 
Book Return
Wheelchair Accessible
French Collection
Bike Rack
Colour Copier
Scanning to USB
Accessible Features: 
Accessible Counter
Accessible Washroom
Automatic Door Opener
Accessible Ramp
Accessible Interview Space
Family Change Room

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Central Library
Central Library

The first Hamilton Public Library building opened on September 16, 1890 by the Earl and Countess of Aberdeen on the north side of Main Street West. In 1913, a new main library opened. This building was replaced in 1980 by Central Library, at the current location on York Boulevard.

In 2010, Central Library re-opened after approximately 18 months of renovations. Central Library opened with a newly revitalized first floor, which includes a Community Living Room that takes advantage of natural light. The Ontario Library Association honoured Central in 2012 with an Architectural and Design Transformation award. 

Central Library offers materials and programming for children, teens and adults. The Library also has dedicated spaces and program rooms for children, teens and adults.

Newcomer services are available through our Community Resource Worker and Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) on the 4th Floor. 

The Local History & Archives (LH&A) Department has been collecting and preserving Hamilton's history since 1914. LH&A is located on the 3rd Floor.

Central Library is located at 55 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON L8R 3K1.

Directions From Toronto:

Take Highway 401 to Highway 403.
Exit at York Boulevard.
Follow York Boulevard past Bay Street and FirstOntario Centre.
Library is on the right-hand side.

From Niagara Falls:

Take QEW Westbound to Highway 403, Hamilton
Exit at York Boulevard.
Follow York Boulevard past Bay Street and FirstOntario Centre.
Library is on the right-hand side.

From Brantford:

Take Highway 403 to Hamilton.
Exit at Main Street East.
Follow Main Street to Bay Street.
Turn left onto Bay Street.
Follow Bay Street to York Boulevard and turn right past FirstOntario Centre
Library is on the right-hand side.


Public parking lots are located in the immediate vicinity.

* For Couriers and Deliveries: The physical address of Central Library is 55 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON L8R 3K1