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Central Library

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85 Queen Street North
Kitchener, ON 
N2H 2H1

Phone:  519.743.0271
Fax:  519.743.1261


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Bus Routes

# 8 University / King - Fairview Park


Underground Parking Garage

Hourly parking is available from 6 am to 10 pm. You may enter the parking garage from Queen St or Otto St.

  • First 1/2 hour: $1.05
  • Next 1/2 hour: $1.05
  • Each 1/2 hour thereafter: $1.65
  • Daily maximum: $14.50
  • Theatre rate: $7.50 (except matinee)
  • Sunday: free

Surface Parking

Pay & Display surface level parking is available in the parking lot located next to the library.

  • Hourly rate: $2.25
  • Daily maximum: $10.75.
  • Sunday: free

More information

The parking garage and lots adjacent to the library are owned and operated by the City of Kitchener. For additional parking options, or for questions and concerns, see City of Kitchener parking locations and rates.

Hacienda Coffee

Hacienda Coffee

Located in the Central Library reading lounge, Hacienda serves hot and cold beverages, as well as a selection of salads, wraps, cookies, muffins and other treats.

Hacienda is open Monday - Thursday from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm, and Friday - Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding holidays.

About the Library

Central Library is the largest library in Kitchener and functions as the administrative headquarters for the four Community Library locations in the Kitchener Public Library system.

Besides functioning as the community library for our downtown customers, Central Library houses a diverse collection of over 250,000 materials and circulates over 800,000 items annually. The library also has numerous specialized collections and services which are impossible or too costly to duplicate at our community libraries located elsewhere in the city.

Originally built in 1962, Central library saw the completion of a major renovation and expansion project in 2014. The innovative construction project received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council. The LEED certification process is an independent verification system that grades building and renovation projects on sustainable practises, including energy efficiency, water savings, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

In 2015, the Central Library Renovation and Expansion project was the recipient of the prestigious OLA Library Building Award for “Library Architectural and Design Transformation.”


Do you have a comment, question or suggestion about the Central Library? Please contact InfoLink at 519.743.7502 or email