Library Cards and Borrowing Policies
Anyone who is a resident or property owner in Niagara, Orleans or Genesee County (Nioga Library System) is eligible for a free library card. Special arrangements for short-term borrower's cards may be made for students at Niagara University and selected other non-resident visitors. Inquire at the Circulation Desk. Patrons must have their library card with them to borrow items from the library. The replacement cost for a lost card is $1.00.
Please note: Library cards are not issued in the 30 minutes prior to closing.
How to Apply for a Card
Adult Cards (age 13 and over)
To apply for a card you must present two forms of identification that establish your identity and residency.
Identity: Photo ID such as a driver's license, government issued ID card, school ID, school lunch card
Residency: An item with your current address printed on it, such as a bill or letter sent to the home (dated within the past two months) or a recent report card.
Children's Cards (age 5 – 12)
Children are eligible for their own cards beginning at age 5. A parent or legal guardian must come into the library with the child and present two forms of identification (see examples above) issued in the adult's name. The child must also be present.
Individuals who do not reside or own property in Niagara, Orleans or Genesee counties may obtain a library card by paying a fee of $25.00 per year. This card provides for the loan of up to 15 items at one time.
Loan Periods and Limits
How many items may I borrow?
Maximum number of books – 40
Maximum number of magazines - 3
Maximum number of DVDs – 10
Maximum number of CDs – 10
Maximum number of video games - 1
Maximum total amount of both books and audiovisual material – 40 items
How long can I keep the items?
Books and Books on CD – 3 weeks
Magazines - 3 weeks
CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, video games – 1 week
Most items may be renewed if they are not already overdue or have not been requested by another patron.
Number of times items may be renewed:
We no longer charge late fees for NFL-owned materials. However, fine free does not mean free of responsibility:
You may request to have materials held or sent from another library by:
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