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COVID 19

Dear Niagara Falls Library patrons,

We want everyone to be safe during these trying times.  Due to the ban on gatherings in public spaces and the closing of the schools in Niagara County we also will be closed.  That does not mean that you will be unable to receive service from the library. We have established protocols so that you can still take out materials and return them.

  1. Access the library website at www.niagarafallspubliclib.org and place a hold on an item.
  2. Call the library and leave a message on the answering machine if you desire an item.
  3. Email me at spotwin@nioga.org
  1. What we will do is have a staff member at the library (Main: 9am - noon and Lasalle : 10am -1pm) Monday through Friday to answer any questions, gather holds, organize your family’s needs.
  1. We will wipe down the books that come in the book drop, ILL and delivery (for as long as that continues), fill holds with books that have been wiped down. We will then call you and tell you that the items are available for pick up in the Foyer and someone can pick them up. 
  2. We will also have placed in the Foyer applications for library cards and instructions on how to access Hoopla (videos and books) overdrive (eBooks and audio books) and Zinio (emagazines).
  3. No patron will have access to the library past the roped-off Foyer area as this is for your safety and ours.

Please contact us with any questions or needs that you might have.  We are here to serve you to the best of our ability.

Thank you so much,

Sarah Potwin
Executive Library Director
Niagara Falls Public Library
spotwin@nioga.org

Resources
World Health Organization
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
New York State Health Department
Niagara County Department of Health
US National Library of Medicine
NPR Article: What Kids Want To Know About Coronavirus
New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline: (888) 364-3065

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Reusable Tote Bags

Plastic bags no longer in use at the library. Instead, the Niagara Falls Public Library has begun using reusable tote bags for patrons to borrow with their library materials. The bags are assigned a barcode, and will be circulated with books and/or other library materials. Each tote has a loan period of 3 weeks, with two renewals allowed, and MUST be returned to the library by the specified date. A $5 fee will be charged for unreturned bags.

The new tote bags are being circulated at both the Main Library and LaSalle Branch Library. For more information, please contact the Niagara Falls Public Library at 716-286-4894, or the LaSalle Branch Library at 716-283-8309.

Libraries Mean Business! Initiative

Libraries Mean Business! is part of the Niagara Falls Downtown Revitalization Initiative, a generous grant offered by the State of  New York to improve the economic climate of the Downtown/North End corridor of Niagara Falls, NY. It is intended to support small businesses and entrepreneurs through public programs at the Niagara Falls Public Library (both Main and Lasalle Branches), funding to train Notary Publics for both library locations and a collection of business-related e-books, e-audio books as well as traditional book format items.

Click here or on the tab at left to visit our page dedicated to Libraries Mean Business! resources and information.

Niagara Falls Public Library Executive Director Sara Potwin is pictured below with Board Members from the Town of Niagara, who presented a donation check to the library!

Image of Sarah Potwin accepting check from Town of Niagara Board members.

Did You Know?

Children's materials do not accrue late fees!

Morinello Announces Critical Library Funding
Niagara Falls Public Library to receive major construction/renovation funding.

Photograph of Angelo MorinelloRecently, the Niagara Falls Public Library was awarded major construction and renovation funding as part of a state wide $34 million capital funding appropriation in the 2018-19 State Budget. The Niagara Falls Public Library (Main Branch) will receive $166,474 for the replacement of the boiler system and controls. The Niagara Falls Public Library (LaSalle Branch) will receive $14,000 earmarked for the cost of boiler replacement. These grants are part of the NY State Library Construction fund. Statewide, 251 libraries will receive funding for approved construction projects. Niagara Falls Public Library thanks NYS Assemblyman Angelo Morinello for his support.

Niagara Falls Public Library Receives Grant: 2019 RBDB Grant from the WNYLRC 

Image of Library Director Sarah Potwin (second from right), and Local History Librarian Courtney Geerhart (far left) accepting a grant from the Western New York Library Recources Council for $9,310.00.

Niagara Falls, NY, Aug 5, 2019. Library Director Sarah Potwin (second from right), and Local History Librarian Courtney Geerhart (far left) accept a grant from the Western New York Library Recources Council for $9,310.00.