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Residents of Kingston can borrow books, magazines and other materials at no charge from the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL). In addition to print materials, the Library collection includes videos, audiobooks, music CDs and video games (PS3, XBOX and Wii formats). Audiobooks, ebooks and videos are also available online, as are various online learning tools and resources. All library materials can be reserved or accessed through the library website depending on format (see For More Information links below).

Five of the library's 17 branches are located within the city: Central, Calvin Park, Isabel Turner, Kingscourt and Pittsburgh. An interlibrary loan service is also available, so materials from another branch can be picked up and dropped off at the branch closest to you.

All library branches have Wi-Fi wireless Internet access and computers with Internet access that the public can use at no charge. Library computers are booked in advance, by phone or online. If you are under the age of 16, you will need parental permission to use the Internet.

The library has a substantial French collection of books and DVDs. Calvin Park, Central and Pittsburgh branches are equipped with French computers, with both the keyboards and software available in French.

Library branches have special activities and programs for young children and some programs for adults.

The Calvin Park branch has a multicultural library with books and language-learning resources available in Chinese, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Spanish, Tagalog and Farsi. This branch also runs multicultural programs for children and adults such as: after-school programs including story time in both English and the story’s original language, games and literacy activities, homework help, cultural performances, orientation tours, guest speakers and general information sessions and cultural exchange.

Other Kingston Libraries and Resource Centers

Members of the community can also borrow materials from libraries at Queen's University and St. Lawrence College by purchasing a Community Borrower's Card for a small fee. The general public can also use the library on site at Royal Military College.

Other examples of libraries and resource centres in Kingston:

  • St. Lawrence College has a toy library on campus where parents can borrow toys for up to seven days.
  • Joe Chithalen Memorial Music Lending Library has guitars, drums, stringed instruments, horns, pianos and keyboards that can be borrowed for up to a month.
  • Breast Cancer Action Kingston has a lending library with books, video tapes, DVDs, audio cassettes, CDs and CD ROMs on breast cancer and related topics.
  • HIV/AIDS Regional Services has a resource library with printed and video materials for the public to borrow.
  • Le Centre culturel Frontenac (Frontenac Cultural Centre) has a resource centre and lending library with French books, CDs and videos.

And organizations listed in the Community Directory links provided on the right-hand side of this page also have topic-specific information libraries and resources available to the public.

For More Information

Kingston Frontenac Public Library
In addition to branch hours and locations, the library’s website allows you to search its collection, reserve materials, request interlibrary services and find out all you need to know about what the library has to offer in Kingston. KFPL can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Kingston Canada — Libraries
A list of library resources in Kingston, including the Kingston Frontenac Public Library branches, Queen’s University libraries and Queen’s University Archives.

Queen’s University Library
Information on library services at Queen’s, locations and hours, finding information and library holdings.

St. Lawrence College, Library
Community residents can use the St. Lawrence College Library by purchasing a library card for a small annual fee.

RMC Library
The Massey Library at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) has books, journals and audio-visual items in English and French in many different subjects.

ACFOMI Immigrant Services
Information about programs and settlement services available to newcomers in the Kingston area. Includes employment assistance with writing resumes, drafting cover letters, and computer and Internet access.

KFPL Schedule of Events
The Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) has programs and events for adults, children and families with babies and older children and teens. View details and register for the programs.

Islamic Society of Kingston (ISK)
This religious organization provides religious and other social services for Muslims. As part of this it manages the Islamic Centre of Kingston, has a women’s group, youth group, mom’s and tots playgroup, a school, and a library with resources in English, Arabic and Urdu. A list of Muslim businesses and volunteer opportunities is also available on the website.

Community Computer Resources
City of Kingston website listing of organizations and locations that offer free computer usage to members of the community.

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