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Press Releases

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

May 15, 2020

Yesterday, the Provincial Government announced the first phase of the province’s reopening framework. The announcement included an expanded list of services for select businesses and organizations, including curbside pickup for public libraries.

We are actively working on a plan to reintroduce library services to the community. Our multi-phase approach to reopening has been developed in collaboration with our municipal partners and follows the guidelines set out by public health. At each phase, the safety of our staff, customers and community is our top priority.

Before offering curbside pickup, we need to ensure we have the necessary health and safety protocols in place. This includes securing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). As with each phase in our reopening plan, we will only introduce new services when we feel confident in our ability to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and customers.

At this point, we are working towards being able to provide curbside pickup by June 15, 2020. However, this date may change depending on our ability to establish the necessary health and safety protocols.

Further updates will continue to be posted on this page.

Until then, we encourage you to connect with us online:

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

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April 15, 2020

Following the evolving COVID-19 situation, today the City of Kitchener announced the extended closure of all recreation facilities and programming, including Kitchener Public Library.

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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.... Read more

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... 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... Read more

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... 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... Read more