grab & go bags are here!
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
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.
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.
- Albert Campbell Pop-Up
- Amesbury Park
- Annette Street
- Armour Heights
- Barbara Frum
- Dawes Road
- Deer Park
- Don Mills
- Dufferin/St. Clair
- Eglinton Square
- Elmbrook Park
- Evelyn Gregory
- Flemingdon Park
- Forest Hill
- Fort York
- Goldhawk Park
- High Park
- Highland Creek
- Humber Summit
- Lillian H. Smith
- Long Branch
- Maria A. Shchuka
- McGregor Park
- Mimico Centennial
- Mount Dennis
- New Toronto
- North York Central Library
- Northern District
- Northern Elms
- Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre
- Parliament Street
- Pleasant View
- S. Walter Stewart
- Scarborough Civic Centre
- St. Lawrence
- Taylor Memorial
- Toronto Reference Library
- Victoria Village
- Woodview Park
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 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. 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 April 8: Branches that are closed during the Provincial emergency and stay-at-home order will not be offering grab & go bags and have been removed from this list.
Edited April 19: Humberwood, Maryvale, and Rexdale are now offering grab & go bags and have been added to this list.