Two customers entering the John M. Harper Branch doors

John M. Harper Branch

500 Fischer-Hallman Road North
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 0B1

Monday to Thursday
9:30am to 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday
9:30am to 5:30pm
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Explore the John M. Harper Branch

The John M. Harper Branch features soaring ceilings, dedicated study space (including 3 bookable study rooms) and a special room for families to explore and play together. The building is shared with the Stork Family YMCA making this a regular destination spot for community members in the Laurelwood neighbourhood and beyond. 

Family reading in the Children's Area at the John M. Harper Branch

Children's Area

Enjoy a children's area with toys and activities to create a fun and educational space for young library visitors.

Explore Play Learn room for families at the John M. Harper Branch

Explore Play Learn Room for Families

A special space for families to read, explore, and play together.

The Joyce + Alan Rigby Courtyard

The Joyce + Alan Rigby Courtyard

Enjoy time outside with our courtyard equipped with planters, tables, and chairs (closed during the winter months).

Close up of a light therapy lamp

Light Therapy Lamp

Boost your mood while you read or study in the library with a high-quality light therapy lamp.

Unique Items at the John M. Harper Branch

In addition to a wide variety of books in English for readers of all ages, you can browse and borrow these unique collections at the John M. Harper Branch. Please note that many of these items can be placed on hold to be picked up at a different location.

DVDs for All Ages
CDs for All Ages
Books for Children in Other Languages

Chinese & French

Books for Adults in Other Languages


Origami Goose public art piece at the John M. Harper Branch

Origami Goose

Jyhling Lee (2011) | John M. Harper Branch Public Art

Inspired by themes of self-directed learning and play, the Origami Goose reflects the artist’s childhood spent immersed in books, particularly those showcasing the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Paying homage to the local Canada geese, especially those on the University of Waterloo campus, the sculpture also references the site’s architecture, emphasizing a connection between man-made structures and the natural environment.

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