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Press Releases

The most recent news updates and press releases from Kitchener Public Library.

August 5, 2020

We are excited to announce the expansion of in-person library services beginning on Monday, August 10.

We’re delighted to invite customers back into our spaces. We want to use this opportunity to kindly remind everyone that library service is going to look a little different in this “new normal”. There will be new safety measures in place to protect staff and customers, including limiting the number of customers in the library at a time, as per Provincial guidelines.

In addition to continuing holds pickup and computer access, the following services will be available by reservation only:

  • Study spaces
  • Genealogy and local history research in the Grace Schmidt Room
  • Audio recording and digital media workstation in Heffner Studio

Customers will be able to browse library collections on a drop-in basis.

Additionally, opening hours at select locations will be expanded in order to serve you better.

Expanded hours as of August 10, 2020:

For Central Library, Forest Heights, Grand River Stanley Park and Country Hills:

  • Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 7 pm
  • Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm

For Pioneer Park Community Library:

  • Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

At this point in time, we will not be resuming in-person programs but encourage customers to attend our many virtual programs and events.

For additional details about our reopening plans, please visit kpl.org/welcomeback.

We appreciate your patience, kindness and understanding as we navigate offering library services in this new world. If you have any questions, please contact us at askkpl@kpl.org.

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About the Kitchener Public Library

Kitchener Public Library is a hub of activity and one of the most significant community spaces in the City of Kitchener. The library boasts five locations located throughout the city; including the award-winning and recently renovated and expanded Central Library near the downtown core. The library has 102,000 active members and welcomes 1.2 million visitors each year. To learn more about Kitchener Public Library, visit kpl.org. To be the first to find out what’s happening at the library, follow @KitchLibrary on Twitter.

For additional information about this release, please contact:

Shirley Luu
Manager, Digital Marketing
Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen St. North, Kitchener, ON, N2H 2H1
Phone: 519.743.0271

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July 31, 2020

On July 24, 2020, the Kitchener Public Library Board (Library Board) unanimously approved the following statement recognizing the need for action and leadership in addressing systemic and structural racism... Read more

July 15, 2020

With the recent announcement of Waterloo Region being permitted to enter Phase 3 of the Province’s reopening framework, we are thrilled to have a clearer picture of the guidelines and expectations around... Read more

July 9, 2020

KITCHENER, Ont — Starting Monday, July 13, Curb and Carry will begin at Pioneer Park Community Library.

With the addition of Pioneer Park, the holds pickup service will be available at all five... Read more