On Oct. 15, 1878 the Town of Clifton established its Mechanics Institute to enable workers to further their education. In 1895, the Ontario Dept. of Education requested that all Mechanics Institutes be re-named Public Libraries, resulting in the Niagara Falls Public Library.
2) MANDATE of the LIBRARY BOARD:
The public library operates primarily under the Ontario Ministry of Culture's Public Libraries Act (RSO 1990 Chapter 44 & amendments) and is under the management and control of a board appointed by municipal council for a four year term.
3) MISSION STATEMENT:
To be an informational, educational, cultural and recreational resource valued by the Niagara Falls community as a vital asset enhancing the quality of life by providing free and equitable access to information.
4) VISION & GOAL:
To inspire the spirit of exploration, the joy of reading and the pursuit of knowledge for people of all ages and backgrounds, beginning with the very young. To connect people to each other and to their community. The public library plays an important role in building a strong community.
To provide a comprehensive and efficient public library service reflecting the unique needs of the citizens of the City of Niagara Falls with up-to-date resources, trained staff, well-maintained facilities, effective programs, continuing evaluation and promotion, and responsible budgeting.
5) VALUES & OBJECTIVES:
Approved by the Library Board: Feb. 21, 2007