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Grace Schmidt Room of Local History
In accordance with the province-wide stay-at-home order, the Grace Schmidt Room is not available for in-person services and appointments at this time.
If you have a local history or genealogy question and would like to request digital copies of material from the Grace Schmidt Room, please contact staff at 519-743-0271 ext 212 or email
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
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