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Six Nations and Hamilton library partnership expands borrowing for both communities

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That means Six Nations residents can now take advantage of space, information and material at Hamilton Public Library locations, and people in Hamilton will be able access the same benefits at the Six Nations Public Library.

People will ‘benefit from shared resources and information,’ says library CEO

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Six Nations Public Library CEO Feather Maracle and Hamilton Public Library CEO Paul Takala say the new partnership will benefit residents in both communities. (Hamilton Public Library)

Libraries in Hamilton and Six Nations have launched a new partnership aimed at breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for learning by allowing borrowing between the two library systems.

That means Six Nations residents can now take advantage of space, information and material at Hamilton Public Library (HPL) locations, and people in Hamilton will be able access the same benefits at the Six Nations Public Library (SNPL), Canada’s largest First Nations Public Library. 

“We’ve entered into this agreement with Hamilton Public Library for mutual benefit, allowing Six Nations community members increased access to Hamilton’s print and online resources and offering Hamilton residents an increased awareness of SNPL and its wealth of Six Nations and Indigenous-specific resources and material,” explained Feather Maracle, CEO for the Six Nations library in a media release.

The SNPL offers an archive of historical resources and language materials, as well as information on other Indigenous communities, while the HPL offers local historical archives, including records and materials for people researching the region and its past.

Both library systems have been working to foster connections between the communities and say teaming up is one way to help create a dialogue.

Building understanding and sharing history ensures “our future is brighter for all,” said HPL CEO Paul Takala. 

“This partnership ensures that residents in our communities will benefit from shared resources and information, regardless of who they are or where they live.”

Books, music, movies and e-materials are all available through the collaboration. Borrowed items must be returned to the library where they were originally signed out.

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