grab & go bags are here!
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
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.
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
- Main Street
- 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!
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 July 3: Updates about Step 2 service.