Posted: March 26, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: MESSAGE from CEO

Updated: April 2, 2020

On Wednesday, April 1, as another step in their coordinated emergency response to the global pandemic, the Region of Waterloo and all area municipalities extended the public closure of municipal facilities until at least May 4.

The Waterloo Public Library remains closed at this time and all programs and events are cancelled. Our book return chutes remain closed so we ask that you keep any library items you currently have.

A reminder:
  • Don't worry, while we are closed you won't accumulate overdue fines on library items due after March 14
  • Due dates will be adjusted accordingly
  • You will not be able to place new holds, but can add items to “My List” on your account
  • Existing holds pickup will be extended once we re-open
  • Library card expiry dates will be extended
Please visit the City of Waterloo website for a full listing of closures in the City and other relevant information.

Once again, we thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Laurie Clarke,
CEO, Waterloo Public Library

Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020

On Wednesday, March 25, the Region of Waterloo declared a State of Emergency. Local municipalities followed suit, including the City of Waterloo.

This action changed the anticipated re-opening of City of Waterloo facilities which had been initially been set for April 6th.

In alignment with the City, please note that the Waterloo Public Library is now closed until further notice.

We will continue to provide updates and thank you for your patience and support as we face these challenging times together.

Laurie Clarke,
CEO, Waterloo Public Library

Updated: Sunday, March 15, 2020

In alignment with the City of Waterloo and as a preventative measure to minimize the possible spread of COVID-19, Waterloo Public Library will be CLOSED from Monday, March 16th through Sunday, April 5th, 2020. All programs, events and room rentals are also cancelled during the closure. We anticipate that we will be open regular hours on Monday, April 6th.

This was a very difficult decision to make but our customers and staff always come first.

During this closure, all library material due dates and hold expiration dates will be extended until April 14, 2020. There will be no additional fees or fines on your account.

All book drops are CLOSED and we ask that you keep your borrowed items until the library re-opens. We have implemented the following to respond to this situation:

  • Any items with a due date between March 13 and April 13 will be extended to Tuesday, April 14
  • Holds pickup will be extended to Tuesday, April 14
  • No fines will accumulate on borrowed materials until Tuesday, April 14
  • Library card expiry dates extended to July 1 2020 - for cards set to expire between today and July 1

ATTENTION STUDENTS: If you are a university or college student who currently has materials checked out, and if you are moving out of the Region of Waterloo before we re-open, please contact us at and we will extend your loan period until September 2020.

As a reminder, WPL has many digital services available to you for free in our Digital Library.

If you don’t have a library card, sign up online and get instant access to library resources.

In an effort to help you navigate through the news that is being reported regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), below is a list of credible websites which continue to update information as the COVID-19 situation is monitored.

Region of Waterloo Public Health

Ontario Ministry of Health

Health Canada

World Health Organization

As you know, this is a constantly evolving situation. We will continue to provide updates.

I appreciate your understanding and support.

Laurie Clarke
CEO, Waterloo Public Library