Kitchener-Waterloo

You can now borrow skates from the Kitchener Public Library

Starting Wednesday, patrons of the Kitchener Public Library will be able to borrow a pair of skates for one day.

Main branch has 40 pairs of hockey skates you can borrow for 24 hours

The Kitchener Public Library is lending out skates this winter as part of a new pilot project. (Evan Mitsui/CBC News)

The Kitchener Public Library is now lending out skates as part of a new pilot project this winter.

As of Wednesday, anyone with a library card can sign out a pair of hockey skates for 24-hours from the main library branch in downtown Kitchener.

The library has 40 pairs available in different sizes. All people have to do is call the main library ahead of time to sign a pair out, said library CEO Mary Chevreau.

"It's going to be first-come, first-served and part of the curbside pickup," she told CBC Kitchener-Waterloo.

She said the idea for the project began several years ago when a citizen looking to set up a public skating rink in the downtown area approached staff.

"We know there are a lot of people, even in the central area, who don't own skates and might want to try it out," she said.

"We felt that with COVID and the fact that there are not a lot of activities that people can do, but skating is one of them."

Chevreau said the library can place a hold on a pair, but only for a half an hour. 

If the pilot is a success, Chevreau said the skate lending program could extend to other Kitchener Public Library branches in the future.

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