Provincewide Shutdown Update for January 14, 2021
On January 12th, the government of Ontario announced a second provincial emergency in an effort to combat escalating COVID-19 numbers.
These restrictions are effective as of 12:01 AM January 14, 2020.
As a result of the restrictions imposed on libraries, the following contactless services will be offered:
Library Service as of January 14, 2021
Pick up your holds at any NFPL location using our contactless options
Online resources available 24/7 for a wealth of books, movies, music, magazines, and more
Visiting Library Service to homebound individuals and Seniors
WiFi is on at all our locations for your access and convenience
Print Pick Up for printing if you want it ready for pickup at the Library at no charge
Return boxes will be open at all locations. All items will continue to be quarantined upon their return.
At this time, the following services are not available:
In-Library browsing for physical materials
Public computer access
Bookable study/work space
Unlike the first lockdown in March, the Niagara Falls Public Library is much better prepared to pivot quickly and adapt service delivery as a result of the work done in the last several months. The health and safety protocols and procedures, workplace infrastructure adaptations, and newly curated programs of the last several months will continue to be employed (and refined if needed). For more information, please read our press release.
We are working hard to ensure the safe delivery of library services. We look forward to offering more services again when provincial restrictions are lifted.
Please do not use the Library’s Holds Pick Up and Print Pick Up services if you are unwell or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
NFPL is Going Fine-Free Through December 31, 2021
Niagara Falls Public Library (NFPL) will continue to waive fines on overdue materials until December 31, 2021 to help support the community through the pandemic and the early stages of the recovery period in 2021.
Although fines are being waived, please respect other library borrowers by returning items by their due dates in case other customers are waiting for them. Customers will continue to receive overdue notices during this period. Items not returned after 28 days from the date they were due back will result in a replacement fee for the borrower.
Many customers view paying fines as part of supporting the Library and we deeply appreciate that support. Please consider a donation in lieu of paying fines as a way of continuing your support. Niagara Falls Public Library is a registered charitable organization and we are grateful for your donations. Your donation will help fund services, programs and resources for the whole community.
To learn more, visit our Fines & Charges page.
Return Boxes - Now Open!
Return boxes at all Niagara Falls Public Library locations are now open. Returned items will remain on your library card until they are checked in after a quarantine period.
We’re not accepting donations of books or other materials at this time. Please do not place any donations in our return boxes as they will be thrown away.
Please note that our digital services are always available!
To access these incredible resources and more, Click Here!
If you do not have a library card, you can Register for a Card HERE!
We are offering a wide selection of programming for all ages, please visit our Event Calendar for program information and to register.
FAQ (Updated December 10)
Q. Are all in-person library programs cancelled while the Library is closed?
A. Yes, all in-person programming is cancelled. However, we are offering a wide selection of programming for all ages online. Please visit our Event Calendar for program information and to register.
Q. My library card is going to expire during the closure period. How can I renew it to use the Library's digital services?
A. All library cards expiring during this period have been adjusted to remain active for use with the Library's digital services.
Q. Can I drop off some book donations I have?
A. The Library cannot accept donations of books or other materials at this time.
Q. I'm trying to use the digital resources and I've been asked for my Library Card ID/Number and PIN. What are those?
A. The Library Card ID/Number is the series of numbers on your library card beginning with 28080. Your PIN is typically the last four digits of your phone number, unless you have changed it yourself to something else.
Q. Can I still place an Interlibrary Loan request?
A. The Library is not accepting Interlibrary Loan requests at this time.
To find more information about COVID-19, visit these trusted websites:
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update
Government of Canada webpage with recent updates on the Coronavirus disease.
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The main Ontario government webpage on COVID-19, including updates on the current situation and current affected areas.
Niagara Region Public Health
Local information about COVID-19.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation
World Health Organization. Up to date map of affected regions.
City of Niagara Falls COVID-19 Information
Information about COVID-19 as it pertains to residents of the City of Niagara Falls.
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Multilingual Information from the Government of Ontario
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