Updated: April 5, 2022


Waterloo Public Library announces grand opening of Eastside Branch


Saturday May 7th from 1:00pm - 5:30pm


The Waterloo Public Library (WPL) is excited to announce an official opening date for the new Eastside Branch. Located at the RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex at 2001 University Ave. East, the Eastside Branch is a vibrant, contemporary space, designed to reflect the community that surrounds it. With soaring ceilings, inviting lounge areas, light-filled interiors and an outdoor nature courtyard, the newest addition to the Waterloo Public Library system is a stunning gathering space for the community.

The Eastside Branch will open its doors to the public on Saturday, May 7th from 1:00pm until 5:30pm. Opening day celebrations will include a ribbon cutting, giveaways and special programs for all ages.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate this momentous occasion. We hope to see you there!

For more details about the Grand Opening and the Eastside Branch: https://www.wpl.ca/eastside

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Proof of vaccination is not required to visit any Waterloo Public Library location or to participate in in-person, indoor programs.

All participants should self screen for COVID-19 symptoms before participating and should not attend if they are feeling unwell.

Please see below for more information about what’s available, what’s not, library hours and how to prepare for a library visit.

Have a question? Email us at askus@wpl.ca or by calling us at 519-886-1310.
 

What's Available

By Reservation Only

What's Not Available

  • Toys & play areas in our Children's Department
  • Book Sale
  • Meeting room rentals

Library Hours

Main Library
Monday to Thursday: 9:30am to 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

McCormick Branch
Monday to Thursday: 9:30am to 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Eastside Branch
Grand Opening on Saturday May 7th - 1:00pm - 5:30pm

 

How We're Keeping You Safe

  • Face masks and hand santizer are available as needed
  • Staff training on safety measures
  • Reorganized spaces for physical distancing including plexiglass barriers at service points

What You Can Do to Help

  • Please stay home if you are feeling unwell, have a fever, new cough or difficulty breathing
  • Sanitize your hands before entering the building
  • Practise physical distancing

FAQs

Check out the FAQs below for answers to your questions. Need help? Contact us!

WPL Re-Opening FAQ

Do I require proof of vaccination or a vaccine passport to visit the library?
Proof of vaccination is not required to visit any Waterloo Public Library location or to participate in in-person, indoor programs.

In-person program registrants will receive an email from the programmer in advance to explain our safety protocols for in-person programming. All participants should self screen for COVID-19 symptoms before participating and should not attend if they are feeling unwell.
What are the library hours?

Library Hours

Main Library
Monday to Thursday: 9:30am to 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

McCormick Branch
Monday to Thursday: 9:30am to 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Do I need to book a WiFi or study seat in advance of visiting the library?

You do NOT need to book a WiFi or study seat in advance of visiting the library. These spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

Are study rooms available?
Study rooms are available at our John M. Harper Branch and must be booked in advance, with a maximum of 2 people per room. You can book a study room online here or you can call us at 519-886-1310 ext 310
Is public seating available at the library? Can I sit and read a book?
Lounge & common seating areas are currently available at all of our WPL locations on a first come, first serve basis.
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:

  • Face masks and sanitizer available for customers as needed
  • Staff training on safety measures
Do I have to wear a mask when I come to the library?

In accordance with both the Province of Ontario's latest announcements, masks are NOT required when visiting the library.

How do I return items to the library?

Items can be returned through interior return drop boxes during library hours or through the external returns slots which are available at all locations 24/7. Hotspots, board games and borrowed program kits which must be returned directly to staff during library hours.

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 is 3 days. You will receive a notification when your hold is ready.
Are you still fine free?
We are indeed! There are currently no overdue fines at WPL. 

View full details here.

Can I bring in book donations?
At this time, we are not accepting book donations or any other items.
Are room bookings available?
Room bookings are currently NOT available.