grab & go bags are here!

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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!

We know that holds are just one way our customers like to borrow materials. Our staff have put together grab & go bags for 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! Find out more about our services during the COVID-19 pandemic


How it Works

Grab and go bags
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. Grab a bag and check it out.

You will need your TPL card to borrow these items.

3. Take your bag home and enjoy!

Please take the bag of items away before opening it. If there are any items in the bag you're not interested in – maybe a book you've already read – please return them at any library branch.


Participating Branches

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

  1. Agincourt
  2. Albert Campbell Pop-Up
  3. Albion
  4. Amesbury Park
  5. Annette Street
  6. Armour Heights
  7. Barbara Frum
  8. Bayview
  9. Beaches
  10. Bendale
  11. Bloor/Gladstone
  12. Brentwood
  13. Bridlewood
  14. Brookbanks
  15. Cedarbrae
  16. Centennial
  17. Cliffcrest
  18. College/Shaw
  19. Danforth/Coxwell
  20. Dawes Road
  21. Deer Park
  22. Don Mills
  23. Downsview
  24. Dufferin/St. Clair
  25. Eatonville
  26. Eglinton Square
  27. Elmbrook Park
  28. Evelyn Gregory
  29. Fairview
  30. Flemingdon Park
  31. Forest Hill
  32. Fort York
  33. Gerrard/Ashdale
  34. Goldhawk Park
  35. Guildwood
  36. High Park
  37. Highland Creek
  38. Hillcrest
  39. Humber Summit
  40. Humberwood
  41. Jane/Dundas
  42. Jane/Sheppard
  43. Jones
  44. Kennedy/Eglinton
  45. Leaside
  46. Lillian H. Smith
  47. Locke
  48. Long Branch
  49. Main Street
  50. Malvern
  51. Maria A. Shchuka
  52. Maryvale
  53. McGregor Park
  54. Mimico Centennial
  55. Morningside
  56. Mount Dennis
  57. New Toronto
  58. North York Central Library
  59. Northern District
  60. Northern Elms
  61. Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre
  62. Palmerston
  63. Pape/Danforth
  64. Parkdale
  65. Parliament Street
  66. Pleasant View
  67. Rexdale
  68. Riverdale
  69. Richview
  70. Runnymede
  71. S. Walter Stewart
  72. Sanderson
  73. Scarborough Civic Centre
  74. St. Lawrence
  75. Steeles
  76. Taylor Memorial
  77. Thorncliffe
  78. Toronto Reference Library
  79. Victoria Village
  80. Weston
  81. Woodside Square
  82. 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!

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

Yes, please return items that you do not want from a grab & go to any branch location.

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. A full access library card can be signed up for in person in our branches as COVID-19 restrictions allow. Please visit our COVID-19 impacts page for updates.


Edited September 20: Woodside Square added to participating branches list.