Central Branch Renovations

Central Branch Renovations Updates

Posted on February 12, 2017

Hey! Who left the lights on?

If you've been by the Central Branch recently, you may have noticed that the lights are on. We didn't leave for the day and forget to turn them off, we have had to leave them on intentionally. 

Near the end of January, our last functioning boiler cracked its heat exchanger. The building works on a breaker system, so if we need power to the electrical outlets, that means the lights are on too as they are on the same breakers. While we are waiting for the boiler to be repaired, we are running temporary heaters throughout the building to make sure the pipes don't freeze. We are expecting the boiler to be back up and running this week.

Questions about the renovation? Don't hesitate to contact us at centralreno@kfpl.ca

Posted on January 19, 2017

Project Update

It may not be apparent from the street, but we have been busy getting the Central Branch ready for renovations. It took almost all of December to move the bulk of the furniture, equipment, art and collections out of the building. We started with the staff furniture and computers during the first weekend of December, and worked steadily until just before Christmas moving items to our temporary office space, to other branches and, for some specialized items such as our art collection, to appropriate storage facilities. Since then, we have been removing the last few odds and ends and listing surplus items for sale on GovDeals.

We are in the final stages of reviewing the documents that will be used to tender the project and hire a general contractor to complete the renovation. The tender should be issued by the end of January and a contractor hired by early February. Construction will begin shortly thereafter.

Posted on December 23, 2016

Genealogy and Local History Collections

Due to their popularity, we have relocated most of our local history and genealogical resources to our Isabel Turner Branch so that they are readily accessible for researchers. These collections include microfilm, city directories, fire insurance plans and the UELAC and Kingston Branch OGS collections. Some items, such as maps and materials in our Special Collections, will be housed off-site but can be accessed upon request with a few days’ notice.

Posted on December 16, 2016

Project Update

The Central Branch closed on November 26th. Thank you to everyone who shared their #KFPLstories and who joined us to dance the branch closed! We've been very busy since then. Here are a few updates on what has been happening:

Wellington Storefront

Our temporary storefront location at 209 Wellington Street is up and running! You can get the latest and greatest movies and television shows from our media box, access wireless internet or use our computers, read the Kingston Whig-Standard or Globe and Mail, borrow from the small collection of new and popular items or get your questions answered by friendly library staff.


The moving of the Central Branch collections is well underway. Many items are in boxes in transit to the warehouse or in the process of being unpacked. Reservations may take a little longer than usual to be delivered from the Central collection as we finish unpacking and setting up our warehouse space. don;t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about the status of an item.

Design and Construction Update

Our architects are busy working on the final documents needed to tender the project. We expect that the project will be tendered in January.

Posted on December 15, 2016

Central Branch Now Closed for Renovations

Central Branch Now Closed for Renovations

Posted on November 14, 2016

Dance the Branch Closed!

Join us on Saturday, November 26, 3-5 pm for “Farewell Central, Hello Wellington.” A branch with almost 40 years of service deserves a great party! Join us to celebrate the last day before renovations begin at our Central Branch. Book-themed costumes are encouraged. Enjoy refreshments (at both Central and Wellington) and then CFRC will DJ a dance party among the Central shelves with hits from the 70s to 2016. Show off your best moves and then, as we close, dance your way out the door! Join the Facebook event.

Posted on November 14, 2016

Share Your Memories

From November 19-27, use the hashtag #KFPLstories on Facebook or Twitter (or visit the whiteboard in the Central branch) to share your stories of the Central branch with us. Let’s take a moment to remember 38 wonderful years! Share your favourite memory at the Central Branch by writing it on a post-it or uploading to Facebook or Twitter. We'll be sharing as many of the memories as we can here on the Central Renovations page. 

Posted on November 3, 2016

Where to Find Programs When Central Closes

Just because the Central Branch is closing doesn't mean our programs are ending. Here is where you will find our Central children's programs when the library closes for renovations.

Programs at Artillery Park

Books for Babies

Mondays at 10 a.m on November 7 to December 12, January 9 to February 13, April 3 to May 8 (except April 17). No registration required.

Stories, songs, rhymes and tickles for newborns and pre-walkers. Parents and caregivers will learn, and practise, fun and simple ways to incorporate early literacy skills in the home.

Rhythm and Rhyme

Fridays at 10 a.m on November 11 to December 16, April 7 to 12 (except April 14). No registration required.

Through rhythm, rhyme and movement, children three and under will naturally develop language and increase their ability to hear the smaller sounds in words. Experience hands-on play with bells, rhythm sticks, scarves, shakers and more.

Play to Learn

Fridays at 10 a.m. on January 13 to February 17. Registration opens on December 17.

Move your body! Jump, skip, hop and more in this active program. Through play-based activities and interactive books, children two years and up will develop their physical confidence.

Family Storytime

Thursdays at 10 a.m. on November 10 to December 22 (except December 1), January 12 to February 16, April 6 to May 11. No registration required.

The whole family is encouraged to participate actively in stories, songs and movement activities to maximize your child's experience in learning socialization and pre-reading skills for life.

Programs at the Tett Centre

The Tett Kids Creativity Club

Saturday Mornings, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m on November 5, 2016 to May 6, 2017, (No programs December 24 or 31). Recommended for ages 4-10 and parents.

Sculpt, Draw, Dance, Create. For a $2 donation, families enjoy a variety of hands-on, creative arts activities. Join the club!

Family Storytime

Saturday Mornings, 10 - 10:40 a.m on November 5, 2016 to May 6, 2017, (No programs December 24 or 31). Open to all ages.

The whole family is encouraged to participate actively in stories, songs and movement activities to maximize your child's experience in learning socialization and pre-reading skills for life.

Posted on October 4, 2016

Central Renovation Auction

As we prepare Central for the upcoming renovations, we are beginning to auction off a wide assortment of items which are no longer in use. Over the coming months, we’ll be auctioning off various lots through GovDeals.ca. Each lot is available for auction for a period of 7 days. Lots will be of varying sizes and may be suitable for home or business uses.

A variety of items will be going up for auction, including shelving, tables, office furniture, some older electronics, storage containers, some older electronics and a limited number of card catalogues.

Posted on September 26, 2016

Sunday Hours

Sunday hours start for two of our branches on October 16, 2016. This year, the Calvin Park Branch and the Isabel Turner Branch will be open on Sundays from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. The Central Branch will not open on Sundays.

Visit our website for more information about our hours and locations.