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Press Releases

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

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 wish to read when we re-open.

Steps to save to My List:

  1. Log into your account and search for the item you wish to add
  2. From search result or item display screen, click add to cart
  3. Click on your cart and choose Save to List
  4. If you were not logged in, you will be prompted to do so
  5. Enter a name for your list and click Save
  6. To view your list, click My Account and choose My Lists
  7. If this feature is not working for you, try to clear your cache

As a reminder, we are scheduled to be closed until April 6, 2020. During this closure, all library material due dates and hold expiration dates will be extended until April 14, 2020. There will be no additional fees or fines on your account.

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 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