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Using the Library

A library card is free if you live in the City of Welland or elsewhere in the Niagara Region. You will be required to provide proof of identification (photo I.D.) and proof of your current address when you register. Acceptable proof of identification includes a current driver’s license or new Ontario Health Card.  Children and students up to age 14 must have a parent or guardian present who must show proof of identification and current address.  Your library card must be shown each time you want to borrow materials.  Please take care of your library card. You are responsible for all items borrowed on it and for any charges that may result from late, lost or damaged materials.

What Is LiNC?

The Libraries in Niagara Cooperative (LiNC) was established in 2010. This cooperative library consortium, consisting of multiple Niagara public libraries and one college library, was created to share an open source library catalogue system called Evergreen. LiNC is a collaborative venture and succeeds due to the efforts of its members.

LiNC

Welland Public Library patrons are able to use their library card at member libraries throughout the Niagara Region and have access to significantly more materials via this resource-sharing program. The libraries that are part of LiNC are listed to the right.

What Does Being a LiNC Patron Mean?

As a LiNC member, Welland Public Library patrons will have:

  • Access to thousands of more books via resource sharing

  • Access to a brand new interactive online catalogue

  • The ability to check out items at any member library

  • The ability to place holds on any applicable item in the LiNC catalogue from any member library

  • The ability to create reading lists and track reading history

Borrowing Policies

WPL patrons can use their card to borrow items at any LiNC member library. Please be aware of the following LiNC borrowing policies:

  • You will have 3 days to pick up held items

  • You can renew items up to 2 times (where applicable)
     

    • Fines for regular overdue books and magazines: $0.25 per day

    • Fines for overdue DVDs/Blu-rays/Video Games: $1.00 per day

    • Materials marked as Children’s/Juvenile do not incur late fees
       

Online resources from other LiNC libraries are not available to Welland patrons. Welland patrons have access to cloudLibrary, Hoopla, Freegal etc. via their Welland Public Library card.

Borrowing Items

All library items have loan periods and some have borrowing limits. Refer to the chart below to see which guidelines relate to your material.

Material
Borrower
Fine
Maximum Fine
*Adult & Teen books
Adults & Children
25¢ / day
$5 per item
**Children’s books
Adults & Children
Fine Free
Fine Free
7-Day books
Adults & Children
25¢ / day
$5 per item
Magazines
Adults & Children
25¢ / day
$5 per item
DVDs
Adults & Children
$1.00/ day
$5 per item
*Audiobooks
Adults & Children
25¢ / day
$5 per item
*CDs
Adults & Children
25¢ / day
$5 per item
Interlibrary Loans
Adults & Children
$1.00 / day
$20 per item
Video Games
Adults & Children
$1.00 / day
$5 per item
Portable Devices
Adults
$1.00 / day
$20 per item

*Seniors do not pay fines on items with 3 week loan periods.

**Fines for children’s materials will be waived.

 

The Library reserves the right to suspend borrowing privileges until outstanding items are returned. Borrowing privileges are suspended when $10.00 is owing, or there are 10 overdue items on a borrower’s card.

Internet privileges will be blocked when $20.00 or more is owing on a Borrower’s Card.

Fines and Replacement Fees

Borrowers with lost or long overdue materials will be billed the replacement cost of the item, plus the fine, plus a non-refundable $5.00 per item administration fee. Items returned after a bill is sent will be charged the maximum fine owing plus the administration fee.

Lost Card

If you lose your library card, please notify us immediately as you are responsible for all materials signed out on your card.

There is a $4.00 replacement fee for a lost or damaged card.

Check Your Account

You can access your library account through the catalogue, renew your materials, and place holds on items. You will need:

  • your 14-digit Welland Public Library card number number – all the numbers, no spaces

  • and your PIN number which can be obtained in person at the Library

Interlibrary Loans

  • We can borrow books for you from other libraries in Ontario, if we don’t have them in our collection.

  • We can borrow microfilm from national and provincial archives.

  • We cannot borrow audio-visual material, current bestsellers, reference material or school textbooks.

Educational/Institutional
Library Cards

Welland Public Library provides educational library cards to preschools, daycares, schools and classrooms for the purpose of expanding students’ access to Library materials for recreational and research purposes. The Library also provides institutional library cards to eligible facilities/organizations, such as retirement communities, hospitals, and social service organizations. Check with our staff for more information!