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Adults

Residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding villages (Virgil, Glendale, Queenston, and St. Davids) are entitled to a library card at no charge. To apply for a card, please visit the library in person to complete a registration form and present staff with identification showing your name and current address. You will then need to present your card each time you wish to take out resources from the library. A yearly Non-Resident Fee of $35.00 is charged for those living outside of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Children

Children 13 years of age and under are encouraged to become avid readers and to have their own library cards. Parents/Caregivers must complete the application on behalf of the child. Children have the same borrowing privileges as adults except for DVDs, which can only be checked out on an adult card.

Children 13 years of age , who wish to use the Internet at the library, must have the permission of their parent or caregiver. Parents and caregivers are responsible for the child's use of the Internet and must therefore complete a permission form which ensures that the library's Internet Acceptable Use Guidelines are reviewed and understood.

Library staff are not responsible for monitoring any individual's use of the Internet. In terms of immediate assistance for patrons using Internet, E-mail or other software available on our public access terminals, staff are able to help users access the Internet. Users are expected to be knowledgeable enough to use the computers in the library on their own. Note that children under the age of 10 cannot be left unattended in the library.

Benefits

Your library card entitles you free access to:

-circulating resources in the library's collection;
-the Internet for a one-hour session on a first come, first served basis;
-the children's computer with educational tools and reading programs for kids;
-place holds on books that are already checked out;
-place requests for items on interlibrary loan;
-the library catalogue and your borrowing information from home via the website;
-wireless access to the Internet from within the library;
-many library programs and special events.

Lending Policies

Loan & Renewals
Item Type Loan Period Renewals
Express Collection 7 Days 0 Renewals
Adult Books 21 Days 2 Renewals
Kids Books 21 Days 2 Renewals
Movies 7 Days 1 Renewal
Audiobooks 21 Days 2 Renewals
Magazines 21 Days 2 Renewals
Music CDs 21 Days 2 Renewals
Fines
Item Type Fines Per Day Maximum Fines
Express Collection $1 $10.00
Adult Books $0.25 $10.00
Kids Books $0.25 $10.00
Movies $1.00 $10.00
Audiobooks $0.25 $10.00
Magazines $0.25 $10.00
Music CDs $0.25 $10.00