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

February 16, 2021

With the announcement that Waterloo Region has entered the Red (Control) Zone, we will be expanding in-person library services beginning Thursday, February 18, 2021.

All library locations, except for Pioneer Park Community Library, will be open on Thursday, February 18 for:  

  • In-person browsing 

  • Computer access (by reservation)  

  • Study seats (by reservation)  

Pioneer Park Community Library will offer expanded services as of Monday, February 22, 2021.  

Curb and Carry, our contact-free curbside pickup service, will continue to be available at all locations. 

For more information, please visit: www.kpl.org/welcome.


What’s Available (Drop-in)

  • Curb and Carry, contact-free holds pickup  

  • In-library holds pickup  

  • Browse our collection in person  

  • Printing, Photocopying, and scanning  

  • Faxing (Central Library only) 

  • Curbside skate lending


What's Available (By Reservation Only) 

  • Computer Access

  • Study seats  

  • Access Centre


What’s Not Available Yet 

  • In person library programs/events  

  • Toys and play areas  

  • Toy collection at Pioneer Park  

  • Extended library visits  

  • Common seating areas  

  • Newspapers, magazines and musical instruments  

  • Study rooms and meeting room rentals  

  • Genealogy and local history research  

  • Audio and digital media production 


How We’re Keeping You Safe 

  • Occupancy limits, per Provincial guidelines 

  • Providing hand sanitizer and face masks, as needed 

  • Reorganized spaces for physical distancing, including barriers at service points 

  • Isolating all returned and heavily browsed materials for 24 hours 

  • Increased sanitation schedule 

  • Staff training on safety measures


What You Can Do To Help 

  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell, have a fever, new cough, or difficulty breathing 

  • Wear a face covering 

  • Practice physical distancing 

  • Wash or sanitize your hands before entering the building, and frequently throughout your visit 

  • Limit the duration of your visit


For additional information about this release, please contact:

Shirley Luu
Manager, Digital Marketing
Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen St North, Kitchener, ON, N2H 2H1
Phone: 519-743-0271 x227
shirley.luu@kpl.org

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January 19, 2021

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December 22, 2020

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August 5, 2020

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