Where is the KW Library of Things located?

We are located at 91 Moore Avenue, Kitchener ON N2H 3S4.

When is the Library open?

Thursday - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Pickups by reservation only during Thursday open hours.

Drop-offs any time within the Thursday open hours.

What does membership cost?

Membership to our library is $50/year to borrow up to 10 of any of the items for a week at a time.  When signing up online, there is an addition fee of $2.95 to cover the costs of the online payment processing. We understand that $50/year can be cost prohibitive for many individuals, so we have been asking people who are able to do so to pay $75 or $100/year to subsidize half or all of a membership for another member of our community. Our subsidized memberships are distributed while supplies last on a "first-come, first-serve" model. Please ask staff at the KW Library of Things for more information.

How long can I borrow an item for?

The typical loan period is 7 days. Members are encouraged to return items as soon as they are finished to keep items available for circulation. A late fee will be charged for items returned past the due date.

Can I borrow more than one item at a time?

Yes! Many projects require more than one item. We allow up to 10 items at a time to be borrowed by a single member.

What happens if I damage an item?

Normal wear and tear of items is inevitable and we'll discuss with you any item that stops working while in your care. If the damage arises from neglect or improper use, members may be fined for damage to equipment. There are more details about damaged items on our member waiver.

Where do items come from?

Our aim is to operate with 100% community donations from people downsizing, moving, or cleaning up basements, sheds, and garages. We've obtained over 650 items so far! In cases where items have not come from community - more often than not, our community outreach has resulted in donations of highly sought after items - we purchase local used items.

Can I reserve items?

You sure can! Already a member? Click here to follow our step-by-step instructions about how to set up your MyTurn account. Not yet a member? Click here to create an account.

Do you need volunteers?

We sure do! We're looking for volunteers who are available to help out during our operational hours on Thursdays. If you're interested and available, contact kwlibraryofthings@gmail.com

Where can I find more about the KW Library of Things?

CBC NewsThe Community EditionSpecial in The Waterloo Region RecordThe Waterloo Region Record by Johanna Weidner, The Cord, and The Waterloo Chronicle recently profiled us. You can follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more regular updates.