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 more than 60 of our branches. Here's a complete, alphabetical list of branches with grab & go bags.
- Albert Campbell Pop-Up
- Armour Heights
- Annette Street
- Amesbury Park
- Barbara Frum
- Don Mills
- Deer Park
- Dufferin/St. Clair
- Elmbrook Park
- Evelyn Gregory
- Flemingdon Park
- Forest Hill
- Fort York
- Goldhawk Park
- Highland Creek
- Humber Summit
- Long Branch
- Lillian H. Smith
- Maria A. Shchuka
- McGregor Park
- Mount Dennis
- Mimico Centennial
- New Toronto
- Northern District
- Northern Elms
- North York Central Library
- Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre
- Parliament Street
- Pleasant View
- Scarborough Civic Centre
- St. Lawrence
- S. Walter Stewart
- 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 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.