"Welcome to Chess In The Library! Providing the opportunity for you to learn, play and enjoy chess since 2009!"

Bienvenue aux Échecs dans la Bibliothèque! Nous vous donnons la chance d'apprendre, de jouer et d'apprécier d'échecs depuis 2009!

Who We Are

Chess in the Library is a student volunteer-run program.

As its name implies, the program is about playing chess in public libraries, where the environments are quiet and surrounded by books of knowledge. Members gather each week to play causal chess, blitz, and CFC rated games. Players of all ages and strengths are welcome to come and play, chess sets are provided.

The purpose of this program is to promote the magnificent game of chess across Canada.

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Chess In The Library is able to continue promoting chess and providing free opportunities for children, youth, and adults alike across the country due to your donations! Our 20 locations , with over 30 volunteers and 200 participants, are all operating through donations.  If you’re interested in donating to our cause,  please click on the “Donate” button below. If you have any problems donating, would like to donate in another manner, or have any questions, please email us at sponsors@chessinthelibary.com.


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2013 Volunteer Appreciation Party!

CITL’s annual volunteer appreciation party was held on Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at...

East Region Swiss!

For every West there has got to be an East right? Few months ago there was the West...

The 2013 CFC Spring Open!

CITL’s first ever CFC Spring Open tournament was held on Saturday, March 30th at...


A second branch of London Public Library is chess-ed! The game of chess now finds its...

The 2012 West Region Swiss!

The Annual West Region Swiss was held in the Downsview Library on Saturday, December...

Chess in the Library- Now in NEW BRUNSWICK!

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 One of the original goals of Chess in the Library is to...

Youth and Chess- A Great Combination!

Thursday, August 16th, 2012 In sports, in games, and just about in everything we do, we...

3rd Annual Chess in the Library Festival

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 The 3rd Annual CITL Festival celebrates the 3 year’s...

Woodbridge Library

Sunday, February 5th, 2012 Welcome to the newest addition to Chess in the Library!...

2011 CITL Toronto West Region Winter Swiss – A Success!

Saturday, January 14th, 2012 Happy New Year Everyone! At the inaugural meeting of the...