Interlibrary Loan Service Returns to the Library

At the Library, we truly appreciate the outpouring of support for the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILLO) at the Niagara Falls Public Library (NFPL) after the elimination of the ILLO Delivery Service.  We understand the meaningful impact the service has had on many of our customers. As we know how things change in the world, so it does in the Library world. There is a new ILLO landscape and we are pleased to let you know that effective July 2, 2019 NFPL customers will be able to use our ILLO service once again.

Libraries must now pay to ship ILLO materials to each other using Canada Post’s library materials rate and because of this, ILLO service will begin again as a pilot project to help us establish new workflows and a budget for shipping ILLO materials via Canada Post. Our customers will be able to submit a request for one ILLO item per month. Please note that ILLO requests for DVDs cannot be submitted. ILLO requests from earlier in the year that were unfilled as of April 2019 will not be automatically resubmitted. Customers are welcome to resubmit unfilled requests themselves through our Material Request Form or through staff.

As a reminder, customers who are reciprocal borrowers with NFPL must place ILLOs through their servicing (home) library, as per our Reciprocal Borrowing agreement with Fort Erie, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Thorold and Welland Public Libraries.

Many customers who borrow ILLOs aren’t aware that we also do our part as a lender of materials to customers at other libraries. For ILLO to work well, it depends on libraries lending to each other and borrowing from each other in a balanced way.  NFPL is committed to our role as a lender of materials to other libraries, as we also borrow on behalf of our customers. To that end, we must balance our borrowing and lending evenly as we establish a budget for shipping materials to other libraries via Canada Post.

For all the busy adults out there, if you haven’t read a good book for a while, why not join a book discussion on Monday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Victoria Avenue Library. Our discussion will centre around the book Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson. If you’d like to get a copy, please register with us and pick up a book at the Library to read for the discussion time.

Kids can keep reading all summer long with the TD Summer Reading Club. For your free registration kit, stop by any library location. The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada's biggest bilingual summer reading program, where kids of all ages, interests and abilities can read books, have fun and earn prizes. Back by popular demand: read for beads! Build your own personalized bead necklace, bracelet or keychain one book at a time. TD Summer Reading Club runs until Sunday, August 25.

Carrie Bosco is the Customer Service Librarian.

Library Notes

2019-07-15

As we enjoy the summer weather, thoughts of cooling off may sometimes cross our minds. Some of us may have fond memories of a few local swimming spots that were once used to beat the summer heat. For more than 35 years, thousands of children and adults made the Cyanamid swimming pool their summer destination of choice.

2019-07-08

At the Library, we truly appreciate the outpouring of support for the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILLO) at the Niagara Falls Public Library (NFPL) after the elimination of the ILLO Delivery Service.  We understand the meaningful impact the service has had on many of our customers. As we know how things change in the world, so it does in the Library world.

2019-07-02

Summer has arrived, and the Niagara Falls Public Library is busy with something for everyone! Be sure to pick up our Summer Library Magazine to learn about all the exciting programs and events happening this summer.  

2019-06-24

June is Pride month and Indigenous month. These topics can be difficult to tackle with children. However, they are also empowering and necessary issues for young minds.

Here at the Niagara Falls Public Library, we have a number of incredible books aimed at younger children that will teach them all about a variety of LGBTQ+ issues and about national Indigenous issues.

2019-06-19

School’s almost out, which means summer reading is almost here.  The Niagara Falls Public Library is once again very excited to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club, Canada’s biggest bilingual summer reading program.  Kids of all ages, interests and abilities can read books, earn prizes and have fun, keeping their reading skills sharp so they’ll be ready when September rolls around.

2019-06-11

Throughout the years, Niagara Falls has certainly seen more than its fair share of Royal visitors. On June 7th of this week, it is the 80th anniversary of one such visit. It also was the first visit ever by a reigning British monarch to Canada.

2019-06-11

When you work in a library, you use library jargon. However, sometimes you forget not all customers know what the “catalogue” is used for. Most recently, with the news about the elimination of the Southern Ontario Library Service’s Interlibrary Loan 

2019-05-21

Niagara Falls Public Library launched its Seed to Seed collection May 17.

If you come to any of the library's four locations across Niagara Falls you can "borrow" up to three packages of seeds.

After you've planted the seeds and harvested your vegetables, you can set aside some seeds to give back to the library so another person can enjoy the collection.

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