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

Signing in

To sign into our catalogue and review your account, or to access some of our digital resources, you will need to enter your full card number (no spaces) and your password. All cards are assigned a password upon registration. For some resources, your password may be referred to as a PIN. When you sign in, you can manage your account details, update your contact information, update your password, and place, suspend or remove holds. 

Are you having trouble signing into your account? Call 905-834-6512 or contact us. We'll update your account and/or reset your password, and investigate what might be causing the error. 

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 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.

 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.

Your library is fine free

Port Colborne is a fine free library. Our materials do not accrue overdue fines. Replacement costs for lost or damaged items may apply. Please contact us if you have returned materials and overdue fines have been applied to your Port Colborne card.

Loan periods

Loans periods may vary by LiNC library. Provided there are no holds, items can be renewed twice, with some exceptions.

Items you can take for 21 Days
  • Audiobooks
  • Audiobook language instruction
  • Books
  • CDs
  • Story kits
Items you can take for 14 Days
  • Express audiobooks
  • Express books
Items you can take for 7 Days
  • Board games
  • DVDs
  • Express DVDs
  • Library of Things kits
  • Magazines
  • Video Games

Limits and exceptions

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

Item restrictions

You must be 13 or older to borrow:

  • Board games
  • DVDs
  • Express audiobooks
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Library of Things kits
  • 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.
  • Library of Things kits cannot be renewed.