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Grace Schmidt Room of Local History

Until further notice, the Grace Schmidt Room (GSR) is open by appointment only.

Appointments can be made by calling 519-743-0271, ext. 212 or emailing All GSR appointments must be booked and confirmed by GSR staff by 4:00pm the day prior.

Appointment scheduling will be determined by staff availability. Appointments will be booked for 1 hour, unless otherwise arranged. Up to 2 appointments per week per customer are permitted. Please note that same day visit requests, drop-ins, or walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Face masks and physical distancing are required in the library, including while in the GSR.

When requesting an appointment, please indicate which of the following services is required:

When arriving for an appointment, please come to the Grace Schmidt Room on the upper level of the Central Library. Staff will meet you at the door at your scheduled appointment time and permit entry.

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Kitchener Public Library has long been aware of the importance of preserving the local history of Kitchener and Waterloo County. In partnership with the Waterloo Historical Society and the Waterloo Region Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, the library has developed a collection of books, newspapers and other materials documenting the area's history and families.

The Grace Schmidt Room opened on October 14, 1984. It is named in honour of Grace Schmidt, who was a librarian at Kitchener Public Library for 35 years and a long-time member of the Waterloo Historical Society. Ms. Schmidt was a well-known authority on the history of Waterloo County and was the driving force behind the development of the GSR collection.


Karen Ball-Pyatt
Manager, Grace Schmidt Room of Local History
Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen St N
Kitchener ON N2H 2H1

Phone: 519-743-0271 x 252
Twitter: @KPL_GSRHistory