How to Use the Library

Join the Library | What Is LiNC? | Lost Card | Check Your Account | Email Notification | Using the Library

Join the Library

A library card is free if you live in the City of Welland or elsewhere in the Niagara Region. You will be required to provide proof of identification (photo I.D.) and your current address when you register. Acceptable proof of identification includes a current driver’s license or new Ontario Health Card.

Children and students up to age 14 must have a parent or guardian present and must show proof of identification and current address.

Your library card must be shown each time you want to borrow material.

Please take care of your library card. You are responsible for any items borrowed on it and for any charges that may result from late, lost or damaged materials.


We have some exciting news! Welland Public Library will be joining the Libraries in Niagara Cooperative (LiNC) this fall.

Beginning January 4, 2021, WPL patrons will be able to use their library card at member libraries throughout the Niagara Region and have access to significantly more materials via our resource-sharing program. The following libraries are part of LiNC, or will be soon:

Lincoln Public Library (https://www NULL.library NULL.on

West Lincoln Public Library (https://www NULL.westlincolnlibrary

Pelham Public Library (https://pelhamlibrary NULL.on

Thorold Public Library (http://www NULL.thoroldpubliclibrary

Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library (https://notlpubliclibrary

Fort Erie Public Library (https://www NULL.fepl

Niagara College Library (https://nclibraries NULL.niagaracollege

Port Colborne Public Library (https://portcolbornelibrary

Wainfleet Public Library (https://wainfleetlibrary

Grimsby Public Library (https://www NULL.grimsby NULL.aspx)

What Is LiNC?

The Libraries in Niagara Cooperative (LiNC) was established in 2010. This cooperative library consortium, consisting of multiple Niagara public libraries and one college library, was created to share an open source library catalogue system called Evergreen. It eliminates the need for individual LiNC member libraries to select, mount, manage and upgrade an individually-owned library system.

LiNC is a collaborative venture and succeeds due to the efforts of its members. LiNC’s integrated library system is housed and managed in one location, and LiNC’s libraries contribute annually to costs associated with the integrated library system. Costs to manage a comparable proprietary system would be significantly more.

What Does Being a LiNC Patron Mean?

As a LiNC member, Welland Public Library patrons will have:

  • Access to thousands of more books via resource sharing
  • Access to a brand new interactive online catalogue
  • The ability to check out items at any member library, beginning January 4, 2021
  • The ability to place holds on any applicable item in the LiNC catalogue from any member library, beginning January 4, 2021
  • The ability to create reading lists and track reading history

Borrowing Policies

Beginning January 4, 2021, WPL patrons will be able to use their card to borrow items at any LiNC member library. As we join the Cooperative, please be aware of the following LiNC borrowing policies:

  • You will have 3 days to pick up held items
  • You can renew items up to 2 times (where applicable)
  • Lending periods will largely remain the same, except the following changes:
    • Fines for regular overdue books and magazines will be set at $0.25 per day
    • Fines for overdue DVDs/Blu-rays/Video Games will be set to $1.00 per day
    • Materials marked as Children’s/Juvenile do not incur late fees

Online resources from other LiNC libraries will not be available to Welland patrons. Welland patrons will continue to have access to cloudLibrary, Hoopla, Freegal etc. via their Welland Public Library card.

Search Our Catalogue

WPL’s catalogue is accessible from the Internet. That means you can check for materials or check on your account status from home, office, school, or anywhere else in the world.

Learn more about our catalogue.

Lost Card

If you lose your library card, please notify us immediately as you are responsible for all materials signed out on your card.

There is a $4.00 replacement fee for a lost or damaged card.

Check Your Account

You can access your library account through the catalogue (https://olco NULL.ent NULL.sirsidynix, renew your materials, and place holds on items. You will need:

  • your 14-digit Welland Public Library card number (ID) – all the numbers, no spaces
  • and your PIN number which can be obtained in person at the Library

Then click on My Account.

Using the Library

Borrowing Items

All library items have loan periods and some have borrowing limits. Refer to the chart below to see which guidelines relate to your material.

Material Borrowed by Fine Maximum fine per item
*Adult & Teen books Adults & Children 25¢ / day $5 per item
**Children’s books Adults & Children Fine Free Fine free
7-Day books Adults & Children 25¢ / day $5 per item
Magazines Adults & Children 25¢ / day $5 per item
DVDs Adults & Children $1.00/ day $5 per item
*Audiobooks Adults & Children 25¢ / day $5 per item
Adults & Children 25¢ / day $5 per item
Interlibrary Loans Adults & Children $1.00 / day $20 per item
Video Games Adults & Children $1.00 / day $5 per item
Portable Devices Adults $1.00 / day $20 per item

*Seniors do not pay fines on items with 3 week loan periods.

**Fines for children’s materials will be waived, effective November 19, 2020. The Library reserves the right to suspend borrowing privileges until outstanding items are returned.

Borrowing privileges are suspended when $10.00 is owing, or there are 10 overdue items on a Borrower’s Card.

Internet privileges will be blocked when $20.00 or more is owing on a Borrower’s Card.

Interlibrary Loans

  • We can borrow books for you from other libraries in Ontario, if we don’t have them in our collection.
  • We can borrow microfilm from national and provincial archives.
  • We cannot borrow audio-visual material, current bestsellers, reference material or school textbooks.

Fines and Replacement Fees

Billed Materials

Borrowers with lost or long overdue materials will be billed the replacement cost of the item, plus the fine, plus a non-refundable $5.00 per item administration fee.

Items returned after a bill is sent will be charged the maximum fine owing plus the administration fee.