Explore, play, and learn together.

WPL has innovative, educational and fun programs happening all year round including:

  • maker, technology and creative programs
  • learning how to improve digital literacy skills
  • exploring early learning activities
  • discovering new titles together

To discover what WPL program is right for your baby, click here.

PDF iconIn the Loop - What's On at WPL - July 2020

Summer is here! We have lots of fun programs planned for you to take part in at home, virtually and via livestream for all ages and interests. Check out the latest edition of PDF iconIn the Loop online. Hard copies will also be distributed through our WPL To Go curbside service.

Summer of Reading

With summer comes WPL's super-popular, super-awesome summer reading clubs! With WPL's Summer of Reading readers of all ages can participate in activities, challenges, awesome prizes and library fun, join us this year

Virtual Programs

Check out our new virtual programs, happening while the Library is closed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Program Registration Information

To register for a program go to our online Program Calendar, find the program you're interested in and complete the short form. For more information on programs and registration, call 519-886-1310:

  • Main Library (Children’s Department)  ext. 129
  • McCormick Branch ext. 213
  • John M. Harper Branch ext. 310

baby connections @ wpl

WPL is a proud participant in Baby Connections, a unique early literacy program for infants and their parents/caregivers.

Click here to learn more about how Baby Connections works and to watch a short promotional video.

Explore Play Learn

EXPLORE PLAY LEARN is the Waterloo Public Library’s early learning strategy for children ages 0-6 years.

EXPLORE PLAY LEARN features the five practices of early learning: READ WRITE SING PLAY TALK

For more information on EXPLORE PLAY LEARN please click here.


Borrow a museum pass the same way you borrow material from the library.


THEMUSEUM pass offers standard admission for up to two (2) adults and up to four (4) children.

Passes are not valid for ticketed events, camps or workshops.

The passes have a 7 day loan period. Holds are available but renewals are not. There is a $0.30 per day overdue fine. One (1) pass per membership card.

Region of Waterloo Museums

The Region of Waterloo Museum pass offers regular admission for up to two (2) adults plus dependent children for all Region of Waterloo Museums including the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum with Doon Heritage Village, and Joseph Schneider Haus.

This pass is not required for McDougall Cottage as it is free to visit. 

Passes are not valid for ticketed events, workshops or school programs.

The passes have a 7 day loan period. Holds are available but renewals are not. There is a $0.30 per day overdue fine.


WPL's MakerBike hits the road each summer and could be coming to a neighbourhood, park or recreation centre near you! 

The MakerBike, with its mobile tool trailer, will be making planned (and surprise, pop-up) appearances across the city.Waterluvians of all ages are encouraged to come out to a MakerBike stop in the summer. They'll have a chance to create, play and build projects (using REAL tools) that reflect the unique characteristics of their neighbourhood.

For more information on WPL's MakerBike, contact Jaymis Goertz, Programmer, Emergent Technologies, at jgoertz@wpl.ca or 519-886-1310 ext. 165.