Eastside Branch Library

The Eastside Branch Library project is complete and the opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday, May 7. Find the project background and links to more details below.


On this page

  1. Project background
  2. What we are building
  3. Construction updates
  4. Impact to local residents
  5. Communication updates
  6. Construction timelines

Project background

Since 2015, the Waterloo Public Library (WPL) and the City of Waterloo have been working in partnership on the Eastside Branch Library project. On June 20, 2016, City of Waterloo Council approved the RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre as the preferred location for the new Eastside Branch Library. On September 21, 2020, Waterloo City Council awarded the tender for construction to Fortis Construction Group and we are pleased that construction is now underway. The new branch is scheduled to open in Spring 2022.


What we are building

  • A fourth library on the east side of Waterloo, at RIM Park, 2001 University Ave East, Waterloo.
  • The library is an 11,500 sq.ft, one-storey, building addition as well as a 2,200 sq.ft renovation of existing space (total library floor area of about 13,700 sq.ft) on the east side of the RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre.


Construction updates

Construction of the Eastside Branch is now complete with furniture, books, computers, equipment and more arriving daily. 


Impact to local residents

Residents may notice delivery trucks entering and exiting the site daily.


Communication updates

Join library staff on Saturday May 7 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to celebrate project completion and the new addition to the Waterloo Public Library family.

Visit the Eastside library website for details and follow Waterloo Public Library on social media for photos, videos and special events:

Construction timelines

  • construction is complete
  • opening celebration Saturday, May 7 2022