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Central Library

Central Library


85 Queen Street North
Kitchener, ON 
N2H 2H1

Phone:  519.743.0271
Fax:  519.743.1261


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Bus Routes

# 8 University - Fairview Park (View Route Map)


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.

Parking garage rates are as follows:

  • 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

These rates apply to the full duration of the parking garage hours of operation, 6 am to 10 pm.

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

Alternate Parking Options

Metered parking is available on Ahrens St and Roy St, across from the library. Parking on Ahrens St and Roy St is free after 6 pm, and all day on Sundays and holidays.

A limited number of free 2 hour streetside parking spaces are available on nearby Margaret Ave, Mansion St and Ellen St. Parking on these streets is free all day on weekends and holidays.

Short-duration and all-day parking is also available at the Duke St & Ontario St garage, the Kitchener City Hall garage, Kitchener Market garage, as well as the new parking structure at the corner of Charles St & Benton St.

City of Kitchener parking locations and rates

Parking Concerns

The parking garage and lots adjacent to the library are owned and operated by the City of Kitchener. Please direct any questions or concerns about library parking to Traffic and Parking Services by calling 519.741.2378.

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.”

Outdoor Courtyard

Photograph: Sheriff John Motz Courtyard

Open Tuesday, May 24 - Saturday, October 8

Central Library has a beautiful outdoor space to complement the award-winning interior. The Sheriff John Motz Courtyard is open to the public the week following Victoria Day through to Thanksgiving weekend, rain or shine.

This is a great space for reading, relaxing, or conversation. It’s located in the space between the library and the adjacent historic Gaol, with entrance directly from our Children’s Library. The Courtyard is a secure area only accessible from within the library.

The Courtyard is named in honour of Sheriff John Motz, and the library thanks the Motz Family whose financial support has made it possible.

John Motz was the co-founder of the Berliner Journal, the newspaper that would ultimately go on to become the Waterloo Region Record. John Motz was also Mayor of Berlin in 1880, and later appointed honorary Sheriff of Waterloo County

Study Rooms

There are several study rooms at Central Library, located on the upper level. These rooms, which can accommodate up to 8 people, can be used free of charge on a first-come, first-served, basis.

Central Library also has a study room which can be reserved by calling 519-743-7502.

Located on the upper level, this room seats up to 6 people, and can be reserved for up to 2 hours. Your group must have a minimum of 2 people to reserve the room. 

Are you hosting a larger group? Conference and meeting rooms, located on the lower level of the library, may be reserved for a fee.


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