Chatham BranchLocation

120 Queen Street
Chatham ON
N7M 2G6

Tel: 519.354.2940
Fax: 519.354.2602

Branch Hours

Monday  9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday  9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday  9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday  9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday  9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday  9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Administration Hours:  Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


  • Free parking is available at the corner of Cross and Jefferey Streets.
  • Handicapped parking is available at the corner of Cross Street and Library Lane.
  • Metered parking is available behind the library on Library Lane and in front of the library on Queen Street.

Service for the Public

  • Programs and Events
  • Photocopiers
  • Microfilm/Microfiche readers and printers
  • Internet access / wireless hotspot
  • Scanner
  • SARA scanning and reading appliance

The Library Café

Linger in your library and enjoy a light refreshment! Located on the first floor, The Library Café serves light refreshments including coffee, pop, juice, hearty soup and home-baked goodies to library patrons as they catch up on their reading. A partnership between Chatham-Kent Public Library and Community Living Chatham-Kent, the Café is open 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 9:30 am to 1:30 pm Friday. Closed Saturday.

McKeough Local History Room

Tucked away in a quiet area on the second floor, the McKeough Local History Room houses a comprehensive local history collection. A variety of resources are available for use in-library only, including: local newspapers on microfilm dating from 1841 (indexed for births, marriages, deaths to 1997); Kent County Census records from 1851 - 1901; black history collection; and books by and about the people of Chatham and area. Genealogists and researchers can explore this wealth of material by requesting assistance from the Information Staff.

Kent Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

Located next to the McKeough Local History Room, the OGS - Kent Branch offers an historical and genealogical collection of interest to researchers and those tracing their family trees. The OGS Room is open Monday through Saturday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Volunteer members of the organization are available to provide assistance in using the collection.

Meeting Room

Located on the main floor, the meeting room accommodates 72 people and is available for use in the evening and on Saturdays. Rental rates can be found on the current Schedule of Library Fees & Fines

A number of room set up styles can be accommodated.

For information on the availability of the Meeting Room, call 519.354.2940.

Equipment Rental

Projectors and screens are available to rent for the day or the weekend (i.e. Friday night pick up, Monday morning drop-off). A portable PA system and wireless microphone are also available to rent. Rental fees can be found on the current Schedule of Library Fees & Fines.