Donate to Your Library


We thank you for your support of Waterloo Public Library and our vision of a thriving community that is multi-literate, engaged and welcoming to all. Your donations help us provide endless possibilities for people of all ages to discover, learn and grow.


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To make a donation in-person, see staff at your favourite WPL location. Cash, cheque, debit, VISA and Mastercard are accepted. If you prefer to mail your cheque (made payable to Waterloo Public Library), please address the envelope to:

Waterloo Public Library
35 Albert Street
Waterloo, ON N2L 5E2
ATTN: Kelly Kipfer, CEO

To learn more about cash donations, contact Kelly Kipfer, CEO, at 519-886-1310 ext. 123. Tax receipts will be provided for donations over $10.00.

WPL Charitable Tax Number: 10819-2113 RR0001

Donations of Books & Other Materials

Waterloo Public Library accepts donations of recently published books (less than five years old) and other materials in like new condition.

What is accepted?

  • Books in English for adults, teens or children, including popular fiction and non-fiction in hardcover, mass market and trade paperback
  • Board games and puzzles in new condition

What is not accepted?

  • Other material, including DVDs, CDs, magazines, computer books, textbooks, encyclopedias and multilingual material
  • Sports equipment
  • Books that are in poor condition (worn, torn, underlined, highlighted, dusty, mouldy, yellowed)

Some donated materials are used as replacement copies or additions to the library collection, and other materials are sold at the Main Library book sale. Proceeds of the book sale go toward library programs and services.

Please note there is a limit of 5 items per customer.

Tax receipts are not issued for donated items.


Other Organizations

The following organizations may be interested in donations.  Please contact them first to determine whether they can take your items.

  • Canadian Federation of University Women
  • K-W Book Exchange, 308 King St. W., Kitchener 519-742-1261
  • Old Goat Books, 99 King St. N., Waterloo 519-880-9595
  • Second Look Books, 31 King St. W., Kitchener 519-744-2274
  • U of W Used Book Store, Student Life Centre, Waterloo 519-888-4567 x 32390


These groups accept books as donations and many offer a pick-up service. Note that the Mennonite Central Committee does not accept textbooks or encyclopedias.

  • Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy: 1-888-238-6327
  • Diabetes Society: 1-800-238-6327
  • Mennonite Central Committee: 519-745-8458
  • Salvation Army – donation pickup: 1-888-333-1229


Hardcover books, paperbacks, magazines and telephone books may be recycled through the local Blue Box program. For more information on recycling, phone 519-883-5100 or visit the Region of Waterloo’s website.

Endowment Fund

The endowment fund provides annual earnings that assist with the Summer Reading programs. You can give to the WPL Endowment Fund by contacting:

Waterloo Region Community Foundation
260 King Street West, Unit 206
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1B6
Telephone: 519-725-1806

Tax Numbers
WRCF Charitable Tax Number: 13217-0994 RR0001
WPL Charitable Tax Number: 10819-2113 RR0001