Donate and Support Your Library

Additional funds allow us to do more for everyone!

Supporting WPL means that you’re supporting our purpose to fulfill the multiple literacy needs of our community.  


Donate online now through CanadaHelps.

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.: Laurie Clarke. 

To learn more about cash donations, contact Laurie Clarke, CEO, at 519-886-1310 ext. 123.

WPL Charitable Tax Number: 10819-2113 RR0001

Donation of Material to WPL

Donations of books and other items are evaluated with the same criteria that the library applies in the acquisition of purchased items.  Donated items become the property of the library and may be sold to raise funds for collections and services.

WPL accepts archival items related to local history that meet the selection criteria for the Local History collection.

For books and other material:

  • New or nearly new books in good condition, DVDs, CDs will be accepted in limited quantities. For more information or if you have a question, please complete an online form, email us at or phone 519-886-1310 ext. 110.
  • Books not published recently, books with yellowed pages or that smell musty will not be accepted. The library does not accept textbooks, videotapes, CD-ROMs, magazines or newspapers.

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.

      • 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

St. Mary's General Hospital

The hospital holds an annual book sale and welcomes donations of gently used books published in the past 5 years. Interested donors should contact Laura Paprocki at 519-749-6549.


No one likes to discard a book, but sometimes the condition of the book requires this. Hardcover books, paperbacks, magazines and telephone books may be recycled through the local Blue Box program. Just bundle similar items together. 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:

Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation
260 King Street West, Unit 206
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1B6
Telephone: 519-725-1806
Fax: 519-725-3851

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