Kitchener Public Library

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Kitchener Public Library
Central Library Kitchener Ontario April 2015.jpg
Central Library in downtown Kitchener
Established 1884
Location Kitchener, Ontario
Branches 5
Items collected business directories, phone books, maps, government publications, books, periodicals, genealogy, local history,
Size 580,000 books
5,000 audiovisuals
Access and use
Circulation 2,000,000
Population served 200,000
Other information
Budget $9.2m
Director Mary Chevreau

The Kitchener Public Library is the public library system for the city of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. It consists of five libraries; a large Central Library in the downtown core, with four Community Libraries spread out to provide services for the neighbourhoods of Kitchener.


  • Information and reference services
  • Access to full text databases
  • Community information
  • Internet and computer access
  • Free wifi at all locations
  • Free wifi hotspots available to borrow
  • Reader's advisory services
  • Programs for children, youth and adults
  • Live music performances
  • Delivery to homebound individuals
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Free downloadable e-books
  • Free downloadable audiobooks
  • Free downloadable music
  • Free livestream movies and TV programs


The Kitchener Public Library system consists of a Central Library in the downtown core, and four Community Library locations throughout the City. The Central Library was completely renovated and expanded in 2014.

Branch Founded Present building opened Attached public facility
Central 1884 1962 (expansion opened 2014) Standalone
Grand River Stanley Park 1971 2002 Grand River Collegiate Institute
Forest Heights 1976 1976 Forest Heights Community Pool; Forest Heights Collegiate Institute
Pioneer Park 1982 1989 Doon-Pioneer Park Community Centre
Country Hills 2004 2004 St. Mary's High School

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Coordinates: 43°27′10″N 80°29′10″W / 43.4527°N 80.4861°W / 43.4527; -80.4861