Mission Statement

The Library is committed to providing the services necessary to meet the needs of our user communities.


Library Management

Susan Therrien
Director of Library Services

Scott Luey
Chief Executive Officer


Public Library Board and Policies

Michael Cooper Chair

Bryan Ingram Vice Chair

Brian Beck

Valerie Catton

Harmony Cooper

Jeanette Frenette

Ann Kennerly

Cheryl MacMillan

Councillor Mark Bagu



Hours of Service

Due to COVID-19 our hours of operation have changed:

Library staff is on-site – Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to answer telephones and schedule curb-side appointments.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm

Wednesday: 10 am - 5 pm

Friday, Saturday:  9 am - 5 pm

Holiday Closed Dates 2020
New Year's Day January 1
Family Day February 17
Good Friday April 10 
Easter Monday April 13
Victoria Day May 18
Canada Day July 1 
Civic Holiday August 3
Labour Day September 7
Thanksgiving Day October 12
Remembrance Day November 11

December 2020 Closed Dates

December 24, 25, 26 






Contact Information

Port Colborne Public Library
310 King Street
Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
L3K 4H1
Tel.: 905-834-6512
Fax: 905-835-5775
Email: library@portcolborne.ca
Website: https://portcolbornelibrary.org/




Due to COVID-19 our hours of operation have changed:

Library staff is on-site – Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to answer telephones and schedule curb-side appointments.

For City updates regarding COVID-19, including City facility closures and City service disruptions, visit http://portcolborne.ca/page/covid-19


Joining the Library

Library cards are available free of charge for residents of Port Colborne. Two pieces of valid identification are required, one of which must contain the applicant's name and current address.

Memberships are also free for non-residents who reside in the Southern Ontario Library Service Escarpment Service Area and who present two pieces of valid identification at time of registration. Four-month temporary memberships are available to non-residents whose permanent address is outside the Escarpment area.

Online registration has been temporarily suspended, please contact the Library at 905-834-6512 for more information.

Parents/legal guardians must be present at time of registration of a child (under 13 years of age) and are responsible for all items borrowed on the child's card.

Please notify the library of any change in address or telephone number. Lost or stolen cards must be reported to the library immediately. A $4.00 charge for replacement cards applies.


Niagara Public Libraries

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Borrowing, Returning and Renewing Materials

Borrowing Materials - Library cards must be presented each time you borrow materials. The number of items borrowed on a specific subject may be restricted at the discretion of the library.

Returning Materials - All items borrowed from the Port Colborne Public Library (including books, magazines, DVDs, board games, music CDs, spoken word CDs and video games) must be returned to the Port Colborne Public Library. A night-drop is located at the Elgin St. side of the Library and is open 24 hours for return of items.

Renewing Materials - Materials may be renewed in person, by phone or online, unless there has been a hold placed on it or other restrictions apply.

Material Type Loan Period Number of Renewals Fine per Item
Adult & Teen Books 21 days 2 $0.20 per day
Adult Fiction
New Books

14 days or 21 days

1 $1.00 per day
Children's Books 21 days 2 $0.20 per day
Language CDs 21 days 2 $0.20 per day
Magazines 7 days 1 $0.20 per day
Spoken Word CDs 21 days 1 $0.20 per day
Music CDs 7 days 1 $0.20 per day
Children's Kits, Spoken Word, Music CDs 21 days 1 $0.20 per day
DVDs -- New
Motion Picture
2 days 1 $1.00 per day
DVDs --
Fiction, Documentaries & TV
7 days 1 $1.00 per day
Interlibrary Loans 21 days 1 $2.00 per day
Board Games 7 days 1 $1.00 per day
Video Games 7 days 1 $1.00 per day

Library Services

Access - The library is fully accessible with one designated parking space, wheelchair ramps on Elgin St. and King St., washroom facilities, and an elevator.

Art and Cultural Exhibits in the Atrium - Displaying the works of local artists and artisans.

Audio-Visual - Loans of DVDs, talking books, & music CDs.

Books - Loan of regular and large print books.

Computer Access - Free access to the Internet including wireless, e-mail, electronic databases, reference titles, children's titles, periodicals, and complete Microsoft Office Suite from public terminals. Black and white, and colour print-outs are available for a fee.

Documentary Film Series - Held each month, September to June. Free admission & free refreshments.  Call the library at 905-834-6512 for program details. Please check our 2019-2020 Documentary Programme

Electronic Resources - Your Port Colborne Public Library card gives you access to our online resources from home. Enter your 14-digit library card barcode number (no spaces) to access these valuable resources. The support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is gratefully acknowledged.

Magazines and Newspapers - Local, national, and international newspapers and magazines - access to full text magazines in electronic format.

Microfilm Reader - Available at the L.R. Wilson Heritage Research Archives building next door to the Library. Access to archival information on microfilm - local newspapers from 1850 to present.

Reader's Advisory - Library staff will make suggestions to satisfy your fiction reading needs.

Reference - Answers to simple and complex inquiries.

Reserves - Reservation service for new and popular titles.

School Visits - Providing instruction in the use of the library to area schools. Classes scheduled October to May.

Services With Charges - Photocopies, fax transmission, computer print-outs, & programming.

Shut-In Service - Delivery of library materials by The Friends of the Library to patrons unable to visit the library due to short-term illness, physical disability, or age.

Summer Reading Club - July & August. Call the library at 905-834-6512 for details.


Featured Events

Adult Programs

Senior's Programs

Children's Programs

Teen Programs


Download free ebooks and audiobooks from OverDrive!   Log into OverDrive's website with your Port Colborne library card and PIN to borrow ebooks and audiobooks for free.    


Ancestry Library Edition genealogical resource is available at the library.  Proquest has partnered with MyFamily.com to create Ancestry Library Edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom.  Ancestry Library Edition is available only within the library, so visit the Port Colborne Public Library to use this valuable resource.

Wireless Internet available at your library!  All you need to enjoy free wireless Internet access at the Port Colborne Public Library is your laptop. Wireless access is available during library hours. Need to use one of our public access computers? All you need is your library card and your PIN. Don't have a card? Ask us how you can get a membership or guest pass.

Laptops available for in-library use!  Find available laptops in the atrium!


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