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The Port Colborne Public Library is dedicated to providing the highest level of library services, materials, and facilities possible with the resources available to meet the informational, educational, and recreational needs of all citizens of Port Colborne.
Public Library Board and Policies
Michael Cooper Chair
Bryan Ingram Vice Chair
Councillor Mark Bagu
Please call the Library at 905-834-6512 to find out about volunteer opportunities.
Hours of Service
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 5 pm
Friday, Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
|Holiday Closed Dates||2019|
|New Year's Day||January 1|
|Family Day||February 18|
|Good Friday||April 19|
|Easter Monday||April 22|
|Victoria Day||May 20|
|Canada Day||July 1|
|Civic Holiday||August 5|
|Labour Day||September 2|
|Thanksgiving Day||October 11|
|Remembrance Day||November 11|
December 2019 Closed Dates
December 24, 25, 26
Joining the Library
Library cards are available free of charge to any resident or property owner of the City of Port Colborne. Two pieces of valid identification are required, one of which must contain the applicant's name and current address.
Memberships are also free for non-residents who reside in the Southern Ontario Library Service Escarpment Service Area and who present two pieces of valid identification at time of registration. Four-month temporary memberships (at a cost of $10.00) are available to non-residents whose permanent address is outside the Escarpment area.
Online Registration – Complete the Online library card application form to get a temporary account and PIN. Use this account to place holds on Library items, then visit the Library, with your identification, to finalize your membership.
Parents/legal guardians must be present at time of registration of a child (under 16 years of age) and are responsible for all items borrowed on the child's card.
Please notify the library of any change in address or telephone number. Lost or stolen cards must be reported to the library immediately. A $4.00 charge for replacement cards applies.
Niagara Public Libraries
Online Catalogue -- Search, renew, place holds with your library card.
E-Resources-- Search online resources with your library card.
Support Your Library -- Donations. Find out how you can help your library.
Borrowing, Returning and Renewing Materials
Borrowing Materials - Library cards must be presented each time you borrow materials. The number of items borrowed on a specific subject may be restricted at the discretion of the library.
Returning Materials - Books may be returned to any library in the Niagara Peninsula. Audio-Visual equipment, videos, board games and interlibrary loans must be returned to the lending Library. A night-drop is located at the Elgin St. side of the Library and is open 24 hours for return of items.
Renewing Materials - Materials may be renewed in person, by phone or online, unless there has been a hold placed on it or other restrictions apply.
|Material Type||Loan Period||Number of Renewals||Fine per Item|
|Adult & Teen Books||21 days||2||$0.20 per day|
7 days or 21 days
|1||$1.00 per day|
|Children's Books||21 days||2||$0.20 per day|
|Language Tapes||21 days||2||$0.20 per day|
|Magazines||7 days||1||$0.20 per day|
|Spoken Word CDs||21 days||1||$0.20 per day|
|Music CDs||7 days||1||$0.20 per day|
|Children's Kits, Spoken Word, Music CDs||21 days||1||$0.20 per day|
|2 days||1||$1.00 per day|
Documentaries & TV
|7 days||1||$1.00 per day|
|Interlibrary Loans||21 days||1||$2.00 per day|
|Board Games||7 days||1||$1.00 per day|
Access - The library is fully accessible with one designated parking space, wheelchair ramps on Elgin St. and King St., washroom facilities, and an elevator.
Art and Cultural Exhibits in the Atrium - Displaying the works of local artists and artisans.
Audio-Visual - Loans of DVDs, talking books, & music CDs.
Books - Loan of regular and large print books.
Computer Access - Free access to the Internet including wireless, e-mail, electronic databases, reference titles, children's titles, periodicals, and complete Microsoft Office Suite from public terminals. Black and white, and colour print-outs are available for a fee.
Documentary Film Series - Held each month, September to June. Free admission & free refreshments. Call the library at 905-834-6512 for program details. Please check our 2018-2019 Documentary Programme
Interlibrary Loans - Requests filled from national and international sources.
Electronic Resources - Your Port Colborne Public Library card gives you access to our online resources from home. Enter your 14-digit library card barcode number (no spaces) to access these valuable resources. The support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is gratefully acknowledged.
Magazines and Newspapers - Local, national, and international newspapers and magazines - access to full text magazines in electronic format.
Microfilm Reader - Available at the L.R. Wilson Heritage Research Archives building next door to the Library. Access to archival information on microfilm - local newspapers from 1850 to present.
Reader's Advisory - Library staff will make suggestions to satisfy your fiction reading needs.
Reference - Answers to simple and complex inquiries.
Reserves - Reservation service for new and popular titles.
School Visits - Providing instruction in the use of the library to area schools. Classes scheduled October to May.
Services With Charges - Photocopies, fax transmission, computer print-outs, & programming.
Shut-In Service - Delivery of library materials by The Friends of the Library to patrons unable to visit the library due to short-term illness, physical disability, or age.
Summer Reading Club - July & August. Call the library at 905-834-6512 for details.
Download free ebooks and audiobooks from OverDrive! Log into OverDrive's website with your Port Colborne library card and PIN to borrow ebooks and audiobooks for free.
Ancestry Library Edition genealogical resource is available at the library. Proquest has partnered with MyFamily.com to create Ancestry Library Edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom. Ancestry Library Edition is available only within the library, so visit the Port Colborne Public Library to use this valuable resource.
Wireless Internet available at your library! All you need to enjoy free wireless Internet access at the Port Colborne Public Library is your laptop. Wireless access is available during library hours. Need to use one of our public access computers? All you need is your library card and your PIN. Don't have a card? Ask us how you can get a membership or guest pass.
Laptops available for in-library use! Find available laptops in the atrium!
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