HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR
The major capital project in 2006 upgraded our nine year old library software for the catalogue and circulation system used both by the public and staff.
The first enhancement you will see after clicking on the catalogue is "What’s New This Week" which will list the new materials which have just arrived at the library in the past week. Search the Kids Catalogue by words or by selected topics with colourful icons.
For many books, a colour picture of the book’s cover is shown with helpful information such as the book’s contents, a summary, or even an excerpt from the first chapter.
As you are searching the catalogue, you can save the records of the books you mark and then view them combined on one screen or print them.
There is a Search History which lists how you searched the catalogue and you can then go back to any or all searches again.
Telephone the library or come in person to receive a PIN number in order to access the section on Borrowers Services. After you receive a random PIN number you can change it at any time to one you will remember readily. With it, you will be able to reserve a book, see and update your personal information, check your reserves, material on loan, any amount due and your payment history. You can receive an e-mail to alert you that a new book or DVD about a subject has arrived in the library.
GOVERNMENT FUNDINGThe Library is funded by the City of Niagara Falls and the Ontario Ministry of Culture. A special grant was received from Human Resources Development Canada. The Board extends thanks to all library supporters, particularly the Council and Staff of the City of Niagara Falls.
DONATIONSOfficial receipts for income tax purposes were issued by the library for many financial donations. Donors of $300 or more were recognized by having their name engraved on a plaque at one of the 4 libraries.
COMMUNITY USE OF MEETING ROOMSLibrary meeting rooms were used hundreds of times by organizations, businesses, government agencies and individuals. Meeting rooms were also used many other times for library programs for children and adults.
LIBRARY PROGRAMMESDozens of exhibitions, displays, demonstrations, readings, book clubs, films and lectures were enjoyed by people of all ages reflecting their wide and varied interests. The library welcomed many community non-profit groups who set-up public education displays on a variety of important subjects. We also extend particular thanks to the artists and organizations who exhibited their work in the art gallery and in the glass display cases.
LIBRARY RESOURCES & THEIR USE
Number of active cardholders: 40,495
Circulation (materials borrowed): 675,169
Interlibrary loans with other libraries:
Items borrowed 2,631Items loaned 2,314
Programs held: 1,386Program attendance 24,293
Books owned: titles 171,013volumes 323,939
Audio-Visual materials owned: volumes 26,383
In a Typical Week:people who enter the library in person 11,924electronic visits to library 48,172materials used in-library only 7,567reference questions 2,492use of electronic databases 41,959
FINANCIAL SUMMARY (subject to audit)
OPERATING BUDGET 2006
Total regular library hours open per week at the four libraries: 218.5 hoursTotal area for library purposes at the four libraries: 66,684 sq. ft.
Prepared March 2007