Port Colborne Public Library cards are free for Port Colborne residents and residents living within the Niagara Region. If you live outside the Region, you can obtain a temporary membership in 4-month increments at no cost. A parent or legal guardian must be present to register a child (12 years of age and under) and is responsible for all items borrowed on the child's card.

Schools and organizations can also request a card. Contact us to learn more.

The library takes interlibrary loan requests from Port Colborne residents and tax payers only. Cardholders from other libraries must visit their home library who will be happy to help you.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you have a change in your address or telephone number. Lost or stolen cards must be reported to the library as soon as possible. A $4 charge for replacement cards may apply.

How to register

Getting a library card is easy. Visit us at the library, call 905-834-6512, or register online. Two pieces of valid ID are required, one of which must contain your name and current address.

If you register online, please contact us to confirm. You will need to visit the library and show ID for verification when picking up your card.

For details on what we will accept as valid ID, see our Circulation Policy.

Apply for a card online

Libraries in Niagara Cooperative (LiNC) membership

Port Colborne Public Library is a member of LiNC. You can use your Port Colborne card at any of the following member libraries to borrow materials. If you have a card with one of these libraries, you can use it at the Port Colborne Public Library.

Loan periods and fines for materials may vary from one LiNC library to another. If you're checking out materials at another LiNC library, please be sure to confirm their loan periods and fines. 
 Member libraries

LiNC membership does not allow use of digital resources between member libraries. A Port Colborne card is required to use our digital resources.

Loan periods and fines

Loan periods and fines for materials may vary. If you're checking out materials at another LiNC library, loan periods and fines are subject to their policies. Provided there are no holds, items can be renewed twice, with the exceptions described below.

 Items you can take for 21 Days
ItemsOverdueMax fine

Audiobooks, audiobook language instruction, books, CDs, story kits

$0.25 a day

$5

 Items you can take for 14 Days
ItemsOverdueMax fine
Express audiobooks, express books $1 a day $10
 Items you can take for 7 Days
ItemsOverdueMax fine
Magazines $0.25 a day $5
Board games, DVDs $1 a day $5
Express DVDs, interlibrary loans, video games $1 a day $10

Limits and exceptions

Some materials are only available at the Port Colborne Public Library and cannot be delivered to other LiNC libraries. These include magazines, microfilm and reference materials.

 Children (12 and under) and children's items
  • Children's library materials do not incur fines
  • Children's cards (12 and under) do not incur fines
  • Replacement costs for damaged or lost items may be applied
 Item restrictions

You must be 13 or older to borrow:

  • Board games
  • DVDs
  • Express audiobooks
  • Interlibrary loans 
  • Video games

You must be 18 or older to borrow:

  • DVDs rated 18A
  • Video games rated 18A
 Renewals

All items have two renewals, with some exceptions:

  • Items cannot be renewed if they are on hold for another cardholder.
  • Express items are secondary copies of high-demand items for Port Colborne cardholders. They cannot be renewed.
  • Interlibrary loans will be processed for Port Colborne residents and taxpayers only. Loan periods and renewals are determined by the lending libraries. Overdue fines may apply.