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Press Releases

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

April 1, 2020

This morning, city and regional officials announced the extended closure of municipal facilities , including public libraries.

Kitchener Public Library will remain closed until at least May 4, 2020.

During this closure:

  • all in-person programs, events and room rentals are cancelled
  • all due dates will be extended until after we are back open
  • there will be no additional fees or fines
  • hold pick ups will be extended until after we are back open
  • you will not be able to place new holds, but can add items to “My List” on your account

We have a variety of tools, resources and events available to you while we are closed.

Visit our At Home with the Library page to see the ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music and more that you can access from home.

Visit our Events Calendar for virtual programming, such as how to make music at home, getting organized and 3D design challenges using Tinkercad.

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 To be the first to find out what’s happening at the library, follow @KitchLibrary on Twitter.

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March 19, 2020

In order to help manage the volume of activity during the closure, we have temporarily paused the ability to put physical library items on hold. You will still be able to access and place holds on digital resources like ebooks and audiobooks.

During this time, we encourage customers to use the My List feature on their account to save titles they... Read more

March 15, 2020

Over the past few weeks, I have been working closely with our regional and municipal partners to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation in our community.

After careful review and out of an abundance of caution, Kitchener Public Library will be closed effective March 16 to April 5, 2020. All programs, events and room rentals are also cancelled during the closure.

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March 13, 2020

KITCHENER, Ont — following the recent developments of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all scheduled library programs and events from March 14 to April 5.

This includes all March Break programming and events run in collaboration with partner agencies.

We understand that this is disappointing news, but feel this precautionary step is necessary... Read more

March 12, 2020

Given the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) internationally, we want to assure our customers and the community that we are actively monitoring the situation and following the advice of Region of Waterloo Public Health (ROWPH).

Currently, ROWPH advises that the risk to local residents remains low and recommends the following steps to prevent the spread of germs and viruses:... Read more