grab & go bags are here!

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Do you miss the opportunity to browse the collection at your local branch? Do you love to grab half-a-dozen different books at once? Do you prefer to pick up items on a whim, rather than put them on hold?

You should try one of our grab & go bags!

Right now, our branches are open for contactless pick-up and drop-off of materials only. Find out more about our services during the COVID-19 pandemic. But we know that holds are just one way our customers like to borrow materials. So our staff have put together grab & go bags for local customers on a wide variety of themes and genres. Each bag contains a curated selection of books, DVDs or CDs on a specific topic. We have specialized bags for all ages, too!


How it Works

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Grab & go bags being prepared at College/Shaw Branch.

1. Check out or contact your local branch!

Grab & go bags have labels hinting at what's inside. You'll see drama, crime, dystopia, magic, space, humour, book to film, crafts for kids... all sorts of topics! Each bag indicates how many items are inside.

2. Tell staff at the contactless pickup station which bag you're interested in.

Staff will need your TPL card to sign the items out to you.

3. Take your bag home and enjoy!

Please take the bag of items away from the pickup point before opening it. If there are any items in the bag you're not interested in – maybe a book you've already read – you can return them in the outside book drop.


Participating Branches

We're pleased to offer grab & go bags at more than 60 of our branches. Here's a complete, alphabetical list of branches with grab & go bags.

  1. Albion
  2. Albert Campbell Pop-Up
  3. Agincourt
  4. Armour Heights
  5. Annette Street
  6. Amesbury Park
  7. Brookbanks
  8. Bendale
  9. Beaches
  10. Barbara Frum
  11. Bloor/Gladstone
  12. Brentwood
  13. Bayview
  14. Cliffcrest
  15. Centennial
  16. Cedarbrae
  17. College/Shaw
  18. Danforth/Coxwell
  19. Don Mills
  20. Downsview
  21. Deer Park
  22. Dufferin/St. Clair
  23. Eatonville
  24. Elmbrook Park
  25. Evelyn Gregory
  26. Flemingdon Park
  27. Fairview
  28. Forest Hill
  29. Fort York
  30. Gerrard/Ashdale
  31. Goldhawk Park
  32. Guildwood
  33. Highland Creek
  34. Hillcrest
  35. Humber Summit
  36. Jane/Dundas
  37. Jones
  38. Jane/Sheppard
  39. Kennedy/Eglinton
  40. Locke
  41. Long Branch
  42. Leaside
  43. Lillian H. Smith
  44. Malvern
  45. Maria A. Shchuka
  46. McGregor Park
  47. Mount Dennis
  48. Mimico Centennial
  49. Morningside
  50. New Toronto
  51. Northern District
  52. Northern Elms
  53. North York Central Library
  54. Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre
  55. Palmerston
  56. Pape/Danforth
  57. Parkdale
  58. Parliament Street
  59. Pleasant View
  60. Riverdale
  61. Richview
  62. Runnymede
  63. Sanderson
  64. Scarborough Civic Centre
  65. St. Lawrence
  66. Steeles
  67. S. Walter Stewart
  68. Taylor Memorial
  69. Thorncliffe
  70. Toronto Reference Library
  71. Victoria Village
  72. Weston
  73. Woodview Park


If you're unfamiliar with branch locations or hours, check out our branches map or A-Z listing.


Frequently Asked Questions

How many grab & go bags can I borrow?

Most library cards can borrow up to 75 items, and the flyer on each bag indicates the number of items inside it. So within that limit... as many as you can carry!

How do I choose my grab & go bag?

Check out the display and tell staff at the contactless pickup station which bag you’d like.

Can I pick a grab & go bag and then give it back?

For everyone's safety, please return items that you do not want from a grab & go back via the branch book drop. Staff cannot take back a grab & go bag directly. Customers are welcome to reuse or recycle the exterior bag.

What is the quarantine process for materials in grab & go bags?

All materials in a grab & go bag have gone through a quarantine period of 96 hours or more. Staff packing grab & go bags wear masks and follow regular hand washing protocols. Items returned from grab & go bags go through our regular quarantine procedure. Find out more about COVID-19 and how we're working to keep our customers and staff safe.

What if I want a specific book, DVD or CD?

Please place a hold for specific items.

What if I'm looking for a specific format, such as audiobooks, large print or DVDs?

Please phone your local branch before you visit. Staff can pick a grab & go bag for you with items in the requested format.

I have a Digital Access Card. Can I borrow a grab & go bag?

Sorry, at this time only full access library cards can be used to borrow physical materials. Digital Access Cards are for online materials only. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will return to doing full access card registration. Please visit our COVID-19 impacts page for updates.



Edited February 8, 10:45am. Forest Hill Branch and Toronto Reference Library are now offering grab & go bags and have been added to the list.

Edited February 12, 1:23 pm. Goldhawk Park, Highlandcreek, and Malvern are now offering grab & go bags and have been added to the list.