How to Use the Library

Join the Library | Search Our Catalogue | 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.

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.

Email Notification

The Library offers email notification that items on hold for you are available for pick-up, reminders that your items are due soon, as well as alerts that you have overdue items.

To receive email notices, send us an email (enotices null@null welland NULL.library NULL.on ) with Library Notices as the subject.   Be sure to include:

  • Your name
  • Phone number
  • Library card number

Using the Library

Searching the Catalogue


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 books Adults & Children 20¢ / day $4 per item
Children’s books Adults & Children 20¢ / day $4 per item
Magazines Adults & Children 20¢ / day $4 per item
Videos Adults & Children 20¢ / day $4 per item
DVDs Adults & Children 50¢ / day $10 per item
Spoken Word Adults & Children 20¢ / day $4 per item
Music CDs
Adults & Children 20¢ / day $4 per item
Interlibrary Loans Adults & Children $1.00 / day $20 per item
Electronic Games Adults & Children 50¢ / day $10 per item
Launchpads Adults & Children $5.00 / day $30 per item

Renewing an Item Online


Placing Holds


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 $2.00 per item administration fee.

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