News and Notes

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Important Announcement: Effective October 1, 2018

To view any items in our archives, requests must be made 2 business days in advance.  
Please note: Requests will be processed during local history department operating hours only (Monday: 5pm - 8pm; Tuesday: 9am - 4pm Wednesday: 1pm - 4pm; Thursday: 9am - 4pm).  For example, a request submitted on Friday would be fulfilled by end of Tuesday.)

 Please place all requests with the Local History Department: 716-286-4899 or email:
*Items in the Main Reading Room are not subject to this policy at this time.*

Newsletter is here!

Check out both what has happened and what will be happening. Click here to download a copy of the September - December edition of @ the Library.

The Great American Read on PBS

The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey)*. How could we not be obsessed? We hope you'll join us on this journey. Stay tuned to our social media and within the library to see how we're celebrating the books on the list.

Start here to view a list of the titles, after which you might want to stop by (or log in to Hoopla or Overdrive) for copies of those you've missed - or want to revisit! Then tune in beginning on September 11 for the two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book. 

Strategic Plan 2018 - 2023

With gratitude toward the community members and stakeholders who shared their ideas and vision for the future of the library, we are pleased to present the Niagara Falls Public Library Strategic Plan for 2018 - 2023. Click here to download a copy.

Great Stories Club Grant

Niagara Falls Public Library has been selected by The American Library Association (ALA) to take part in the Great Stories Club, a national grant program that supports reading and discussion programs for underserved teens. Created in 2006, the Great Stories Club engages young adults with accessible, thought-provoking literature, facilitates humanities-based discussion with peers, and encourages library outreach partnerships with alternative schools, juvenile detention facilities and a variety of other youth-focused community organizations. Librarian Joanna Battaglia will facilitate the program and looks forward to sharing about it during the coming year. Click here to learn more about the program.


Niagara Falls Public Library is proud to have been designated a Passport Acceptance Facility by the Department of State. Click here for information on service hours, making appointments, new applications, renewals, fees, photos and what to bring.