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


It seems hard to imagine that today, there are approximately 14,000 hotel and motel rooms available for visitors in the city of Niagara Falls. Because of our famous location, the city's hotel industry has a long and intriguing history. One such hotel that might not be as widely known as its more famous neighbours is the Hotel Lafayette.


In case you weren’t aware, October is Autism Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Awareness month and Canadian Library Month to name a few. If you haven’t tried our great digital content on these subjects, please do! Download our Kanopy app and find a whole host of great feature films and documentaries on Autism.


Fall is an exciting time of year, and Niagara Falls Public Library is ready to celebrate with fun programs and events.

Join the library as we connect residents through our new Neighbour Night program. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m., a once-a-month "mix and mingle" program will be held.


For the most part, we have been enjoying some pleasant weather this month in Niagara Falls. Of course, this has not always been the case. Ninety-nine years ago, it was an entirely different story.


Science Literacy Week runs from September 16th to the 22nd. While many of us may think that it’s aimed mostly at kids and teens, the truth is that everyone can celebrate science and oceans research in Canada.


September is an exciting time of year, and Niagara Falls Public Library is ready to celebrate with fun programs and events.

Be sure to pick up our Fall 2019 magazine to learn about all the exciting programs and events happening.


With September just around the corner, we at the Niagara Falls Public Library are excited to once again offer a full slate of Mental Health and Wellness programming to connect you with others and help you feel your best as summer fades away and the days start to get shorter, darker, colder.


Honeymoons and the City of Niagara Falls have gone hand in hand for a very long time, with the first documented Niagara Falls honeymoon occurring in June of 1801. Theodosia Burr (the American vice president’s daughter) and her husband Joseph Alston visited the city on a delayed honeymoon that even included a visit with the famous Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant.