What's happening at the Hayward Public Library: Week of May 1, 2021

May 1, 2021

Check out what is new and happening in your Hayward Public Library the week of May 1, 2021!

Coming Soon: HPL Express


HPL Express Logo

Welcome back to Hayward Public Library! We are very happy to announce that beginning Monday, May 3, 2021, HPL's Downtown Library is launching HPL Express, our walk-in service. We will be open to the public with limited occupancy and offer select services. Walk-in services will be offered in two hour sessions, and anyone entering the building will be required to follow all safety protocols including social distancing and mask requirements. 

Through the new HPL Express walk-in service, library users will be able to enter the downtown branch during two-hour, limited-capacity sessions and will be required to follow all safety protocols, including social distancing and mask requirements.

Available HPL Express services include self-service check-out of materials and hold pick-ups; new library cards and payment of charges; computer use for a maximum of one hour per day; browsing the collection; reference assistance; self-service copying, scanning and printing; and Wi-Fi access. HPL Express hours at the downtown HPL branch are:

  • Monday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A total of up to 125 patrons will be allowed in the building during each two-hour HPL Express session.

Learn more about HPL Express and COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Introducing our new catalog experience:


Library Catalog

What's new?  Easier searching, recommended reading lists, share reviews and ratings, and more.

Browse our new catelog and find books, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks, music, periodicals, video games and more! It's all right here. Check out somethng new today!

Try our new catalog

Hayward Book-to-Action 2021 takes on racial inequity in criminal justice and beyond:


Michael B Jordan on the fron cover of Just Mercy

Book-to-Action, the Hayward-born community-read project intended to spur civic responses to new-found knowledge, is taking on the issue of racial inequity in criminal justice and beyond through the memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.

Book-to-Action programming this spring will highlight the work of local organizations and leaders who promote racial equity and social justice.  In book discussions and other events, the Hayward Public Library and participants will examine essential components of sustainable communities, including equal and fair access to education, housing, health care, employment and food.  To learn more including how to obtain a copy of Just Mercy in print or audio form, go online here to the Book-to-Action 2021 page on the Hayward Public Library website. 

Learn more about the program and get your copy of Just Mercy here

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