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Kanhiote Library

Kanhiote Tyendinaga Territory Public Library

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Mission Statement:To be a Cultural and Educational Resource Centre.

Hours of Operation

Tues, Sat:        10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wed, Thurs:      1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sun, Mon, Fri:   Closed


Functions & Activities

Each library is unique and reflects the needs and desires of the community. A First Nation library has a dual function - not just a place to find current information, also a place to save history and language - our Mohawk history and language.

It is a goal of our library to meet the informational needs of Tyendinaga. It is a goal of our library to be an information center on our cultural heritage, language and traditions; to foster knowledge and understanding of Native Culture, beliefs and the issues of today.

While working to build a balanced collection featuring self-teaching material, recreation, family life, healthy lifestyle environment and fiction, our focus is Aboriginal culture with emphasis on Iroquois.

To all persons, community members, organizations and businesses who donated to the library - NIA:WEN KIWAHI - we appreciate your help and generosity.


Services & Initiatives

Borrowing Materials

The library is your gateway to a world of information.  In return, respect the material you borrow, keep it safe and return material on time so that others may enjoy it as well.

Library Cards

To borrow materials from the library, you must have a membership card.  Members of our community may obtain a FREE Library Membership Card by filling out a short application with your name, address and telephone number. 

If something you want is checked out at the moment, you may ask the library staff to place a hold on it for you.

Loan Periods, Fines & Fees

The loan period is 14 days.  Material may be renewed for an additional 7 days.  You may renew your materials in the library, by telephone (613- 967-6264) or by e-mail (

Overdue fines are 5 cents/day.

Interlibrary loan

For items not located at our own library, we can try to obtain the item from another library. This process can take from 2-6 weeks (on average).  There is a limit of three requests at one time.

Home service

You are welcome to come to the library during our regular hours of operation. However, if you cannot come to the library, enquire about an “at home service”.


The library provides a wide variety of materials including: videos, books, magazines, large-print books, books on CD, and more...!  There is up-to-date reading material for both children and adults.  These materials are recorded in our automated library system which makes searching for a title very easy to do.

The library has a strong Native collection with items in all library formats - hard and soft cover books, information files, magazines, newspapers, CD-ROM, games.  You will also find Mohawk Language resources in our collection. You will also find the Edukit which is an elementary teacher resource for Native Studies.

Local history and genealogy resources

We have an extensive local history and genealogy collection containing information and pictures.  We invite you to add some of your family photos to our local history collection.

An on-going, long term project at Kanhiote is the research and reconstruction of Tyendinaga Mohawk families and intermarriage with those families.  Kanhiote welcomes requests and referrals in genealogy research for those people who have established a connection to Tyendinaga Territory.

The library now has access to the online database called Ancestry Library Edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today.

Computers, Internet and Wireless services

We have nine (9) public computers with printers and internet access available to members for free.  Wireless Internet access is available for those who wish to bring in their own laptop computer. 

There is also an Early Literacy Station for children ages 2 to 10 years old. 

Photocopying and fax

The library has a photocopier & fax for public use. 


Online Resources

A comprehensive collection of newspapers, magazines, genealogy lists, reference books, and academic periodicals available at the library or 24/7 from your home computer.  If you want to check it out, click here.

The Ancestry Database is only available at the library, so come in for a visit!


1658 York Rd.

Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

K0K 1X0

Telephone:(613) 967-6264

Fax: (613) 396-3627 or (613) 967-4373