Interlibrary Loan Updates

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 
Delivery Service, library staff heard from customers who were unsure of what Interlibrary Loan is and wanted to know about the impact on library service at Niagara Falls Public Library.

Interlibrary loan (also known as ILLO) is a resource sharing service between libraries. By submitting an ILLO request, customers can access materials that aren’t available in their own local library by borrowing them from libraries outside of their community.

Materials borrowed through ILLO were transferred through a delivery service provided by the Southern Ontario Library Service (also known as SOLS).  SOLS provides support to public libraries on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport in a variety of ways, including resource sharing and staff and library board training. The SOLS budget was cut by 50% in April, leading to the elimination of the ILLO Delivery Service.

Resource sharing between libraries enriches services for all library users in all communities. Although Niagara Falls Public Library has a large collection of materials compared to smaller libraries, our customers actively used ILLO to access many items that we don’t own. In 2018, we borrowed 2,574 items from libraries outside of Niagara Falls on behalf of our customers through ILLO. We also shared our resources by loaning 1,753 items from our collection to customers from other libraries throughout Ontario and beyond.

Niagara Falls Public Library will continue sharing resources locally through our reciprocal borrowing agreements with the Fort Erie, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Thorold and Welland Public Libraries. This agreement permits Niagara Falls Public Library cardholders to get a free library card from these libraries and borrow materials from their collections when visiting those libraries. For more information about reciprocal borrowing, please speak to library staff or visit our webpage under the Service tab.

The elimination of the ILLO Delivery Service doesn’t affect the internal transfer of materials owned by Niagara Falls Public Library within our four locations. Customers can continue to transfer materials from one branch to another for pickup. 

Customers can continue to return their materials to any of the four Niagara Falls Public Library branches, no matter at which location you checked it out. Did you know there’s also a return box for your convenience to use at the Gale Centre if you’re headed to the walking track or the arena?

If you have questions about borrowing or returning please call us at 905-356-8080 or email us at askus@nflibrary.ca

Susan DiBattista is the Manager of Customer Service.

Library Notes

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.

2019-05-13

Mental Health Week invites us to be mindful with meditation at Niagara Falls library.

In our ongoing effort to meet community needs wherever we can, Niagara Falls Public Library has been running a series of mental health and wellness programs at our four branches throughout 2019.

2019-05-08

Have you ever been curious about what it would be like to grow your own vegetables? Have you ever thought about teaching your children or grandchildren where their food comes from?

Or, like me, have you ever been known for having a black or a brown thumb?

2019-04-25

On Thursday, April 25th the Niagara Falls Public Library will be unveiling its new board game collection. Board Games are a great way to reduce screen time, to interact face-to-face with family and friends, and to challenge yourself in new and interesting ways.

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