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Kitchener Public Library Library Card

To use the SMHS/KPL Country Hills library you need a Kitchener Public Library card. Please print off this form, fill it out, and bring it to the library service desk. You will need to bring some ID (student card, copy of your school schedule with your name, etc.) to the library service desk the first time you check out an item to confirm your identity.

Did you know? You can add KPL access to your WCDSB Sora account; follow these instructions.

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About St. Mary's Library Learning Commons

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Ms. VanderHeideChristine VanderHeide

St. Mary's Librarian


Phone: 519.745.6892 ext. 5630     |     Email

St. Mary's High School

500 Block Line Road, Kitchener, ON, N2C 2S2

St. Mary's Library Learning Commons is a joint-use space in partnership with Kitchener Public Library's Country Hills Community Library. A Kitchener Public Library Card is needed to:Kitchener Public Library logo

  • borrow items and place holds
  • access KPL digital content such as eBooks/eAudiobooks, streaming music/videos, and access databases.

Visit the library service desk to sign up for a card (please bring your SMHS student card as proof of identity).

  • If you lose your card, replacement cards are free of charge.
  • Maximum of 100 items per card.
  • Maximum of 4 books on a single subject.
  • Access items from all 5 of KPL's locations.

Currently, all available items can be borrowed for 3 weeks, and can be renewed 2 times, as long as other customers have not placed holds on the items. See KPL's Loans and Fines page for more details.

All lost or damaged items are the responsibility of the cardholder. Please keep your card safe, and protect your account by not lending your card to others.

Our school library is a public space jointly shared by Kitchener Public Library's community customers. During the school day (9 AM - 2:55 PM) the library is considered part of the school and students are expected to abide by St. Mary's Code of Conduct and Policies & ProceduresPlease use the library in a way that respects the needs of the Country Hills community, KPL staff, and your fellow St. Mary's staff and students. Your kindness and cooperation are appreciated.

  • Full uniform, even on spare.
  • Please use St. Mary's designated area.
    • Seating: St. Mary's Learning Commons is the area with the blue chairs and black armchairs. Seating outside this area is reserved for KPL's community visitors during those times.
    • Computers/printing: students can use the WCDSB computers in the St. Mary's Learning Commons area. Students with school-related work have priority for computer access.
  • Students access is available 1) during class visits supervised by their teacher, 2) at lunch, 3) during a spare period, and 4) after school.

    Teachers can also contact Ms. VanderHeide to request permission for individual students to quickly visit the library without their teacher during class time if they need to print, pick up a book or get librarian assistance.

  • Please help keep the library tidy. Use the garbage/recycling bins, keep food/drinks away from computers/electronic equipment, and keep floors/furniture/other library surfaces tidy.

The library is accessible during Kitchener Public Library's opening hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM 
Friday & Saturday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM

The library closes 1/2 an hour earlier in June, July, and August.

The building where St. Mary's Library Learning Commons is located is jointly shared with the Kitchener Public Library's Country Hills Community Library.  By getting a KPL card, you can access SMHS/Country Hills' collection, as well as request items from any of KPL's 4 other locations. There is something here for you!St. Mary's High School logo

  • Work and study space, including computers 
  • Printers and photocopiers
  • Research resources - books, DVDs, online databases, eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Help with your research
  • Entertaining books, magazines, DVDs, graphic novels, and more!

St. Mary's High School acknowledges that the land on which we live, teach, and learn today is the land traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Neutral People. We also acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws, and philosophies of the Indigenous People with whom we share this land today.