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Newcomers to Canada

Find resources, programs and more to help you settle in your new home.

Library Settlement Partnership

The Library Settlement Partnership (LSP) program is a joint partnership between Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, and the Waterloo Public Library.

Settlement workers can help new Canadians in the Kitchener-Waterloo area with needs such as language training, career and employment, housing, health care, education and more. Translation services can also be made available through referral.

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English Conversation Circles

Drop in to our McCormick Branch on select Wednesday evenings for an opportunity to meet others and build your confidence as you practice your English language skills. Browse a list of English Conversation Circles in Kitchener-Waterloo organized by YMCA Immigrant Services. Online conversation circles are also available.

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Online Learning

Reading & Watching in Your Language

Explore a variety of online resources, for all ages, available in languages other than English. There are books, magazines and newspapers in multiple languages, and movies to stream. Plus, find a list of materials we offer in different languages at our library locations.

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Programs & Events

We offer a variety of free programs and events for all ages – there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Need a library card?

With your card you can access books, digital resources, exciting services and lots of cool things to borrow.