Posted: November 23, 2020
We're Open

Updated: November 23, 2020

Waterloo Public Library remains open as Region of Waterloo moves into Province of Ontario's COVID Red-Control

All locations of the Waterloo Public Library remain OPEN as the Region of Waterloo moves into the Red-Control stage of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

Masks continue to be required and customers should self-screen before coming to the library. More information about a COVID self-assessment can be found here:

Region of Waterloo - 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

While your visit to the library may be a little different than before, our goal, as always, is to make it an enjoyable, rewarding experience. Here is what you can expect when you visit the library:

What's Available

  • Browse & borrow items in-person at all locations
  • Holds pick-up at all locations
  • Virtual programs & events
  • Exterior return slots open 24/7 at all locations - please note that hotspots and board games must be returned inside

By Reservation Only

What's Not Available Yet

  • In-person library programs
  • Toys & play areas in our Children's Department
  • Lounge & common seating areas
  • Extended library visits
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Book Sale
  • Study Rooms and meeting room rentals

How We're Keeping You Safe

  • Face masks and hand santizer available as needed
  • Returned materials are isolated for a minimum of 72 hours
  • Increased cleaning schedule
  • Staff training on safety measures
  • Limiting occupancy based on local Public Health guidelines
  • Reorganized spaces for physical distancing including plexiglass barriers at service points

What You Can Do To Help

  • Please stay home if you are feeling unwell, have a fever, new cough or difficulty breathing
  • Sanitize your hands before entering the building
  • Wear a face mask or face covering that covers your nose and mouth
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Limit the duration of your visit
Have a question? Email us at or call us at 519-886-1310 ext 110.

Library Hours

Main Library

Monday to Saturday: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

John M. Harper Branch

Monday to Saturday: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

McCormick Branch

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED