Local History Lecture
Terrapin Tower: a 19th Century Monument

Presented by BRI-NK Foundation

Image of Terrapin TowerJoin us for a lecture about Terrapin Tower, which was built in 1833 at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls just off Goat Island and became a dominating feature of the Falls landscape for 40 years until its demolition in 1873. Lewis Buttery, founder of the BRI-NK Foundation and a researcher of the history of the Niagara Frontier will present on the history of Terrapin Tower and its importance to the landscape of the Horseshoe Falls during the 19th Century.

Wednesday, September 17 at 6:00pm
Main Library- 1425 Main Street
2nd Floor Auditorium

Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Oakwood Cemetery.

Floral Arranging Demonstration at the LaSalle Library

Image of sunflowerJoin us to learn how to create beautiful arrangements for the upcoming seasons and holidays. Demonstration will feature arrangements for: Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Everyone who attends will receive a free raffle ticket and the arrangements will be raffled off at the end of the demonstration! Image credit: Catherine Bulinski on flickr

Saturday, October 4 - 11:00 am - Noon
LaSalle Branch Library - 8728 Buffalo Avenue

One Book, One County

Image of cover of The Painted GirlsThis fall, the libraries of Niagara County are sponsoring discussions and events featuring the novel The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan. Read the book, then make plans to attend one or more of the programs planned! We are featuring a discussion of the book here at the Main Library, and you can also to travel to the Lockport Library to meet the author as well as learn more about Degas

To learn more about the book and reserve your copy, click here.


Niagara Falls Public Library:
Book Discussion
Monday, October 6 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Niagara Falls Public Library Local History Department - 3rd Floor
1425 Main Street, Niagara Falls NY 14305
Space is limited to 15 participants. Registration required. Call 286-4881.

Lockport Public Library:
Degas: Behind the Paris Opera House
Tuesday, October 7 - 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Lockport Public Library Community Meeting Room
23 East Avenue, Lockport, NY 14094

An Evening with the Author at the Lockport Public Library
Tuesday, October 21 - 6:30 - 8:00pm
Lockport Public Library Wheeler Room
23 East Avenue, Lockport, NY 14094

All programs are free and open to the public. Presented by The Libraries of Niagara County.

Fall Programs for Adults

Image of colorful autumn treesWe have some great ways to fill your free time this autumn - be sure to visit our Programs & Events page to check them out! We'll be offering craft classes, computer classes, a book discussion and a film series featuring dark humor. As always, all of our programs are free of charge. Click here for more information. Image credit: LoggaWiggler on Pixabay

Auto repair and maintenance information at your fingertips via Chilton Library

Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Some of Chilton Library's more popular features include:

  • Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data you need for each specific vehicle.
  • Step-by-step service and repair procedures supported by close-up graphics which give you the ability to determine your next move with expertise and confidence.
  • Vacuum diagrams to simplify troubleshooting.
  • Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
  • Close-up photographs and illustrations for visual support.
  • A print button which allows you to easily print out what is needed.




Love magazines? Download them for FREE to your computer or mobile device!

Zinio - the world's largest newsstand is now on your library's website!

Introducing Zinio for Libraries, which offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse the library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download to your computer or mobile device. Zinio Reader app compatibility includes PC, Mac, iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, Kindle Fire™/Fire™ HD, Blackberry®, Windows 8, and Nook® HD/HD+.

Zinio features...

Current issues — The latest issues are released simultaneously with the print edition are ready for immediate checkout.
Back issues – Miss the new issue? You can easily browse the magazine detail page to find previous issues.
Easy browsing — Browse the library's collection of titles one at a time, search for your favorite magazines by title or use the convenient category feature to find new magazines which meet your interests.
No limits — Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you wish.

Get started!

Check out this video for an overview of how Zinio works, or click here for a printable guide to setting up your account. Then access Zinio by clicking on the button located in the Digital Downloads section on the left side of our website.

Another benefit for library card holders...FREE music downloads!

Image of record covers for Freegal Music ServiceIntroducing FREEGAL MUSIC SERVICE, which allows cardholders to download up to 3 songs per week, for free, to keep forever!

Freegal offers:

• Millions of songs from ten thousand labels including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment.
• Tens-of-thousands of popular artists in hundreds of musical genres.
• Easy-to-use website interface with no software to install.
• DRM-FREE, Mp3 files that can be played on ANY device (including iPods).
• Simultaneous access to all music for all patrons.
• Simultaneous releases of chart topping music.

Get started today by visiting https://niagarafallspubliclib.freegalmusic.com and logging in with your library card number and PIN. You can also get to Freegal by clicking on the logo located on the left side of our home page.

Purchase Suggestion Form

Niagara Falls Public Library welcomes suggestions from our patrons for purchases of titles that are NOT currently available in the collection. Forms are available at the circulation desk at the library, or you may click here for a printable version that you may use to submit your suggestion. The link to this form is also available in the left sidebar.

Get to know the online resources available to you...

Heritage Quest Online logoHeritage Quest Online and Ancestry Library Edition will help you to discover your unique personal history!

The library offers two great databases for genealogists and other researchers:

HeritageQuest® Online
You’ll find U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, and more to help you trace your American ancestors’ paths across history. Available from any computer with Internet access. Users must log on with a Niagara Falls Public Library card.

Ancestry® Library Edition
Discover your unique family history! This resource includes billions of records from around the world, including from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more. Available for use within the Niagara Falls Public Library and LaSalle Branch Library.

Notice regarding book donations...

Image of stack of booksThe Friends of the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main Street, appreciate the many book donations that have helped to fund Library programs.  We are currently facing a space problem, however, and will be unable to accept used books until further notice.