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Grace Schmidt Room of Local History

The Grace Schmidt Room (GSR), located on the upper floor of the Central Library, is a collection of local history and genealogy resources available for in-library use only.

We welcome visitors and researchers to use the local history collection at the central library. Due to the unique and special nature of the collection, no food or drink is permitted in the GSR.

The GSR is open during library hours. Maps and photographs are not available on Sundays.

Historically Speaking blog


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, Local History Librarian
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