Business Number: 108192113RR0001

Explore the endless possibilities at your library!

Waterloo Public Library was established in 1876. 

Our purpose is to fulfill the multiple literacy needs of our community.

Our values are:

  • Learning and growth
  • Free exchange of ideas
  • Being engaged and responsive to needs
  • Right of everyone to access information
  • Belief in our customers

Quick Stats (2018)

View our annual report, financial statement and strategic plan online.

  • 1.5 million items were borrowed by customers
  • 61,000 + active memberships
  • Over 8700 new members in 2018
  • 1.4 million in-person and virtual visits (www.wpl.ca)
  • 355,000 computer workstation bookings and wifi usage
  • 1570 free programs held for all ages
  • 50,500 people attended programs at WPL


Main Library, 35 Albert Street, Waterloo, ON N2L 5E2

McCormick Branch, 500 Parkside Drive, Waterloo, ON N2L 5J4

John M. Harper Branch, 500 Fischer-Hallman Road North, Waterloo, ON N2L 0B1

What People Are Saying

"This library rekindled my love for reading. Great place to study and relax after a stressful lecture."

— Anonymous (regular customer)

"I feel it is the one community gathering place where all are equal, from the homeless to the wealthy, from young to old, from brilliant to delayed. All are treated with respect at WPL.""

— WPL Customer

"Thank you for broadening my knowledge and my imagination."

— WPL customer

"WPL's Main location has the BEST collection of art books. I have been turned onto artists I never knew about. WPL is INSPIRING."

— J. Beckner, WPL customer

"What a great place! Lots of amazing books and we can attend many fun activities with our children."

— WPL customer

"I like this library because where I come from, there is no library."

— WPL customer

"Libraries will get you through a time of no money."

— WPL customer

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