Kingston Frontenac Public Library

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Kingston Frontenac Public Library
Type Public Library system in Kingston Frontenac
Established 1895
Branches 16
Items collected business directories, phone books, maps, government publications, books, periodicals, genealogy, local history,
Website Kingston Frontenac Public Library

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) was established in 1998 through the amalgamation of the Kingston Public Library (which began as a 19th-century Mechanics Institute) and the Frontenac County Library, creating a 17-branch system. The KFPL serves the city of Kingston and Frontenac County in Ontario, Canada. The library regularly welcomes visitors from outside of this region.[1][2] The KFPL has a board made up of appointees and representatives from Kingston City Council and Frontenac County Council. The board operates using the Carver Model.


  • Information and reference services
  • Access to full text databases
  • Community information
  • Internet access
  • Reader's advisory services
  • Programs for children, youth and adults
  • Delivery to homebound individuals
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Free downloadable audiobooks and e-books


It was one of a series of Mechanics' Institutes that were set up around the world after becoming popular in Britain. It housed a subscription library that allowed members who paid a fee to borrow books. The Mechanics' Institutes libraries eventually became public libraries when the establishment of free libraries occurred.[3] The Mechanics Institute in Kingston was founded in 1834; in 1895, the Kingston Public Library was established, making it one of the first public libraries in Canada.


There are five branches within the city of Kingston and ten branches throughout Frontenac County. The library branches include:

  • Arden
  • Calvin Park
  • Central (main branch)
  • Cloyne
  • Hartington
  • Howe Island
  • Isabel Turner
  • Kingscourt
  • Mountain Grove
  • Pittsburgh
  • Plevna
  • Sharbot Lake
  • Storrington
  • Sydenham
  • Wolfe Island

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kingston Frontenac Public Library. (n.d.). Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Retrieved January 20, 2010, from
  2. ^ County of Frontenac. (n.d.). County of Frontenac. Retrieved January 20, 2010, from
  3. ^ Harris, Michael. History Of Libraries In The Western World. 4th ed. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1995, p. 153.

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