Is it safe to borrow library materials during the COVID-19 outbreak?

We are taking all precautions to ensure that materials on our shelves and those that are returned to us are safe to be handled by members of the public.

Any returned items are not being handled for the recommended period of 72 hours.

If you are feeling unwell or if any member of your household is sick or in isolation, we ask that you refrain from borrowing library materials. This will help us all feel more comfortable and confident with the safety of our collections.

How are you ensuring the safety of customers and staff?

The health and safety of our staff and our customers is our top priority. Here are the measures we are taking:

  • Staff wear appropriate personal protective equipment including face masks or coverings
  • Physical distancing protocols in place
  • Returned materials are isolated for a minimum of 72 hours
  • Increased cleaning schedule including disinfecting of high touch surfaces
  • Staff training on safety measures
What are the library hours?

Beginning Wednesday, December 30th, WPL will be open for WPL To Go curbside pick-up only. Please ensure you have booked a pick-up time slot before going to your favourite WPL location.

Hours of operation may vary due to the holidays. Please review our Holiday Hours to see when WPL To Go will be available.

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

John M. Harper Branch
Monday to Saturday: 11:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

McCormick Branch
Open Wednesday ONLY: 11:00am to 6:00pm
Monday - Tuesday and Thursday - Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: CLOSED

How do I return items to the library?

ALL items must be returned through the external returns slots which are open 24/7 at all locations.

Hotspots, board games and borrowed program kits must be returned directly to staff during library hours.

To ensure that our collections are safe we will continue to isolate ALL returned items for at least 72 hours. As a result of placing returned items under 72-hour isolation, it could take 5 to 7 days for items to be removed from your library account. No fines will be incurred during this period.

Do I have to wear a mask when I arrive for curbside pick-up?

In accordance with both the Province of Ontario Reopening Rules of Stage 3 and the Region of Waterloo's Face Covering By-law, masks that cover both the nose and mouth MUST be worn when at the library*.

*Unless exemptions apply.

Mask wearing regulations can be found at the links below:

- Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 Regulation 364/20

- The Regional Municipality of Waterloo Face Covering By-law No. 20-035 & Amendments




Can I bring in book donations?
At this time, we are not accepting book donations or any other items. 
How long do we get to borrow items for?
Most items will have a loan period of 3-weeks. See the full listing of loan periods here.

While no overdue fines are currently being charged, we do ask that you return overdue library materials.

Holds pick up time will continue to be 7 days.
Will there be fines charged on my overdue items?
There are currently no overdue fines at WPL. This will continue into 2021.

View full details here.