Libraries in Niagara Cooperative


The Libraries in Niagara Cooperative (LiNC) was established in 2010. This cooperative library consortium, consisting of one college and four public libraries, 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’s integrated library system is housed and managed in one location, and LiNC’s libraries contribute annually to costs associated with the integrated library system. Costs to manage a comparable proprietary system would be significantly more.

In June 2017 we added resource sharing between LiNC libraries.


LiNC Sharing

We are pleased to announce that LiNC has worked out a temporary solution to deal with the loss of provincial delivery services. There will be a once/week delivery from each library but the days may vary depending on the library. If your item is not owned by any of these libraries, you can request an interlibrary loan at the library or email us at .

LiNC Libraries:

• Fort Erie Public Library

• Grimsby Public Library

• Lincoln Public Library

• Niagara College Library

• Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library

• Pelham Public Library

• Port Colborne Public Library

• Thorold Public Library

• Welland Public Library

• West Lincoln Public Library

LiNC Frequently Asked Questions

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What does being a LiNC member mean?

• If you are a library cardholder of any of the LiNC libraries then you automatically have a LiNC library card and can request and borrow materials from any of the LiNC libraries

How do I get a LiNC library card?

• If you do not have a library card from one of the LiNC libraries but you are resident of a LiNC library municipality, you must register for a library card at your local (home) library.

How do I borrow material at a LiNC library?

• Present your local library card to borrow items on-site from any of the LiNC libraries.

• Library card accounts must be up-to-date and have less than $10.00 in unpaid fines or fees.

• Library card memberships that have expired must be renewed through your home library.

What are the borrowing policies?

• If you are borrowing an item from any LiNC library the following borrowing policies will apply:


Loan Period



Books, Audiobooks, CDs 21 days 1 Yes
DVDs, Blu-Rays 7 days 1 Yes
Magazines 7 days 1 Home Library Users only
Devices 21 days 1 Home Library Users only


The item I want is at at another LiNC library. Can I put in a request and pick it up at my home library?

• Holds placed on an item from any LiNC library will automatically be sent to your default pickup library. Pickup location changes must be made at the time the request is being placed.

How do I search for materials available for loan at other LiNC libraries?

• When you open up your library’s catalogue search page, searches can be limited to the entire LiNC libraries, a specific library system (e.g. Lincoln Public Library), or a specific branch (e.g. Centennial).

Where do I return library materials?

• You may return library materials at any branch of any LiNC library. Items will be considered checked in at the time of drop-off.

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How will I be notified that my request is available for pickup and how long do I have to pick it up?

• When an item is available for pickup you will receive notification in the same manner you have always received request information: email, phone, or text (not available at all libraries).Items will be held for three business days.

• If you would like to change the notification method you can do this by signing into your account online or by contacting your home library.


What happens if I lose an item?

• Fees for lost or damaged library material must be paid at the library that owns the item. If material is overdue for more than 90 days, it is considered “Lost”. LiNC borrowing privileges will be suspended for accounts that have a lost or damaged item.

• Charges vary at every LiNC library for lost or damaged materials.

• Items found after the replacement fee has been paid are the property of the cardholder. No refunds will be made.

Can I access electronic resources from other libraries?

• Remote access to electronic resources is only available through your home library. Walk-in access is limited to certain resources and may not be available at the Niagara College Library.

Reciprocal Borrowing

Reciprocal Borrowing with Niagara Region Libraries

Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library has entered into a reciprocal borrowing agreement with Niagara Falls Public Library. This agreement permits Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library cardholders to get a free library card from Niagara Falls Public Library and borrow items from their collection. Cardholders from Niagara Falls are also eligible to get a free library card from the NOTL Public Library.

Terms of the Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement

  • Customers must present a valid library card from their servicing library, as well as an official piece of identification with correct name and current address, to be eligible for a library card in a reciprocal library.
    • Customers will accept the borrowing terms, policies and procedures of the lending library as part of the condition of the loan.
  • Customers will be responsible for the return of borrowed items directly to the lending library.
    • Customers will be held responsible for lost or damaged items.
      • Interlibrary Loan and Visiting Library services are available to customers only through their servicing library.