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Adult & Family Library Programs



  • Free early literacy programming including Baby, Toddler, and School Readiness online and in-person
  • Immersive Learning Children’s collections including Read the Rainbow Kits, levelled book kits for each stage of reading, and PlaySmarts Toy and Game collection which is built around ten activities such as counting, feeling, moving, sensing and more with suggested age ranges for each item.
  • Literacy collection ‒ for adults learning the basics of letters and numbers
  • Audio kits ‒ Books and CDs. Also available online through Tumblebooks
  • Language learning ‒ for English and many other languages ‒ in audio, print, electronic or some combination (or learn online using the Mango Languages learning programs)
  • Books with high interest and low vocabulary
  • Movies and music in other languages
  • Conversation Circles ‒ meet virtually multiple times per week
  • Settlement Worker on site at the Queen’s Square location 2 days per week
  • Courses on teaching English and ESL through an online product called
  • Free access to the Internet ‒ use our computers or bring your own device
  • Borrow an ipad to use for home, school, or work
  • Never used a computer or need help with other devices? Book a 1 to 1 training session with our staff
  • Old Post Office location – digital library with free access to laser cutter, sewing machines, 3D printer and more. Borrow laptops and ipads to use at location.


Everyone, all ages and skill levels


Queen’s Square
Monday ‒ Thursday at 9:30am‒8:30pm
Friday and Saturday at 9:30am‒5:30pm
Sunday at 1:00pm‒5:00pm

Hespeler, Preston and Clemens Mill
Monday ‒ Thursday at 10:00am‒8:30pm
Friday at 10:00am‒5:30pm
Saturday at 9:30am‒5:30pm
Sunday at 1:00pm‒5:00pm

Old Post Office
Monday at 10:00am‒5:30pm
Tuesday ‒ Thursday at 10:00am‒8:30pm
Friday at 10:00am‒5:30pm
Saturday at 9:30am‒5:30pm
Sunday at 1:00pm‒5:00pm


Queen’s Square—1 North Square

Clemens Mill—50 Saginaw Parkway

Hespeler—5 Tannery Street East

Preston—435 King Street East

Old Post Office—12 Water Street South

Ask For:

Queen’s Square—(519) 621-0460

Clemens Mill—(519) 740-6294

Hespeler—(519) 658-4412

Preston—(519) 653-3632

Old Post Office—(226) 533-2767

Kitchener Public Library

Programs for Adults, Children and Families



All programs are free

  • Adult Literacy Collection for Teachers, Tutors, and Students
  • Family Literacy programs for parents, caregivers, and children
  • Computer and Technology Programs
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Career and resume help
  • ESL conversation circles

Additional free services and supports


Programs for all ages. All are welcome.
Chromebook services: Adults 18 years and older must show ID with their library card to use a Chromebook.


  • Monday ‒ Thursday at 9:00am‒9:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday at 9:00am‒5:30pm
  • Sunday at 1:00pm‒5:00pm (Central Library only, Fall‒Spring)


Central Library
85 Queen Street North

Country Hills Library
1500 Block Line Road

Forest Heights Library
251 Fischer-Hallman Road

Grand River Stanley Park Library
175 Indian Road

Pioneer Park Community Library
150 Pioneer Park Drive

Ask For:

Madeleine Kong
Librarian, Literacy and Lifelong Learning
(519) 743-0271 ext. 230

Region of Waterloo Library (RWL)

Adult Library Programs, Services, and Resources



  • Programs for all ages and skill levels. Browse and register for programs.
  • Access to Internet, printers and photocopiers
  • Mobile Hotspot lending program
  • A variety of lending collection items including: Hobby Kits, Book Clubs in a Bag/Book Club Packs 4 Kids, Games Collection, Museum Family Passes, Recreation Passes, and Public Health Kits
  • Online resources for families such as Hoopla, Mango Languages, Fiero Code and Niche Academy.


Open to all ages and skill levels


Monday ‒ Saturday, hours and days vary by branch. Refer to the Locations and Hours page on our website.


Ayr Branch
137 Stanley Street

Baden Branch
115 Snyder’s Road East

Bloomingdale Branch
860A Sawmill Road

Elmira Branch
65 Arthur Street South

Linwood Branch
5279 Ament Line

New Hamburg Branch
145 Huron Street

New Dundee Branch
1176 Queen Street

St. Clements Branch
3605 Lobsinger Line

St. Jacobs Branch
29 Queensway Drive

Wellesley Branch
1137 Henry Street

Ask For:

Allie Fallis
Supervisor of Programs and Outreach
(519) 575-4590 ext. 3953

Waterloo Public Library

Adult & Family Library Programs



  • Career, job search and resume information
  • Library Settlement Program workers for specific newcomer and employment support
  • Tech Connect one-on-one technology help
  • Access to computers, printers, photocopiers and scanners
  • Free WiFi Internet access and loanable mobile WiFi Hotspots (with WPL card)
  • Gale and LinkedIn Learning online courses (with WPL card)
  • Language learning resources and English conversation circle
  • Adult literacy collections
  • Early literacy programming and collections for children
  • Explore our programs and events
  • Explore our services
  • Cool Things to Borrow


Open to everyone. Programs, collections and services for all ages and skill levels.


Main Library

  • Monday ‒ Thursday at 9:30am‒9:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday at 9:30am‒5:30pm
  • Sundays at 1:00pm‒4:00pm (October ‒ May)


  • Monday ‒ Thursday at 9:30am‒9:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday at 9:30am‒5:30pm


Main Library
35 Albert Street

John M. Harper Branch
500 Fischer-Hallman Road North

McCormick Branch
500 Parkside Drive

Eastside Branch
2001 University Avenue East

Ask For:

(519) 886-1310 ext. 124