New CITL Program!

Chess in the Library has proudly partnered with Markham Unionville Library! Programs at Unionville Library are planned to be offered on the 2nd Sunday of every month, providing free and casual drop-in chess just like at our other libraries.  

We are currently seeking additional volunteers for our new location. Learn more on our volunteering page

"Free chess for everyone."

- Chess in the Library, since 2009

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“Free chess for everyone.” 

This has been Chess in the Library (CITL)’s goal since its creation in 2009. CITL is a non-profit student-run organization that aims to promote chess across Canada to players of all ages and skill levels. Through weekly chess programs held in libraries across Canada to seasonal tournaments, CITL provides an environment where anyone can come and play a casual match. 

We believe that chess is a universal game—something that we can all share regardless of background. All of our services have and always will be freeThere should be no cost in enjoying this beautiful game. Learn how to play chess for free here.

Meet this year’s execs here.


Chess in the Library programs would not be possible without our amazing team of volunteers. We invite hardworking, patient, and passionate individuals to help run our weekly sessions. Our staff is always seeking to further support our positive environment for chess, welcoming anyone able to help lead our programs.

Join our Chess in the Library team today by reviewing our criteria and filling out our volunteer form! Give back to your own community by volunteering at one of our weekly library programs.  After reading our step-by-step process and understanding our expectations, send us the required information through our form below or email us at for any questions!

Check out Our Past Tournaments!

Chess in the Library regularly holds free tournaments throughout the year running fun activities, CFC rated tournaments, giveaway events, and much more.

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