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Niagara Falls Public Library



1425 Main Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Voice: (716) 286-4911
Administration: (716) 286-4911
Reference: (716) 286-4881
FAX: (716) 286-4912

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A little about the Niagara Falls Public Library

Library Services in Niagara Falls began in 1814 when an association of citizens founded the Grand Niagara Library. The fledgling library consisted of 40 books. Through the 19th Century, the operation expanded and moved to a number of locations that included the Third Street School, the Frontier Mart and the Arcade Building on Falls Street. Significant progress was made from 1850 to 1898 under James F. Trott, "father of Niagara Falls Schools;" Trott led the way for application for a New York State charter. On February 28, 1895, Melvil Dewey signed the library's legal Charter for the State Education Department, and the Niagara Falls Public Library was officially opened.

A new library building was constructed in 1904 with the generous help of a $50,000 grant from Pittsburgh Steel magnate and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. The spacious new building with marble floors and a collection of over 13,000 volumes, was located on Main Street and Ashland Avenue, and would serve the community for seventy years. By the 1960's, when the city reached its greatest population (101,063 in 1961) the collection began to overflow onto the floor and thoughts turned to building a larger facility.

On March 9, 1974, the stunning new Earl W. Brydges building, designed by Paul Rudolph, became the new home of the Niagara Falls Public Library. Located on Main Street at Lockport Road, this remains the facility that houses the City's main library.

When the village of LaSalle became part of the city of Niagara Falls in 1927, its Library already had a home -- two small rooms in the picturesque village hall on Buffalo Avenue, a facility that it shared with a post office and a police station. The post office and police station eventually moved out, and the library took over the space, almost doubling its size. The facility continues to be the LaSalle branch of the Niagara Falls Public Library.

Services Available
  • Online public catalog, a computerized listing of the Library and the Nioga Library System's member libraries' holdings.
  • Free access to electronic research databases, some from home via the Library's webpage (www.niagarafallspubliclib.org).
  • Interlibrary loans from the collections of other libraries within and beyond the Nioga Library System.
  • Reference services in person and by telephone.
  • Free use of computer workstations for access to the Internet.
  • Free use of PCs for word processing and other applications; special software programs for children.
  • Story hours and other programs for toddlers and children.
  • Special events, including talks, musical programs and other activities.
Materials On-hand
  • Books & Large Print Books
  • Magazines & Newspapers
  • Books on tape and CD
  • Extensive Local History Collection including Niagara Falls art works
  • Music on compact disc
  • Videocassettes and DVDs (feature films and non-fiction)
  • Niagara Falls Gazette and Niagara Gazette, 1854- on microfilm
  • Electronic research databases
Operating Hours

Monday 9:00 - 9:00
Tuesday 9:00 - 9:00
Wednesday 9:00 - 9:00
Thursday 9:00 - 5:00
Friday 9:00 - 5:00
Saturday 9:00 - 5:00
Summer Hours
(June, July & August)
Saturday CLOSED


Holidays Closed
New Year's Day Labor Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Columbus Day
Lincoln's Birthday Veterans Day
Washington's Birthday Thanksgiving Day
Memorial Day Christmas Day
Independence Day  
Directions to Niagara Falls Public Library

Take Route 104 West into Niagara Falls. In Niagara Falls, stay on 104 to Main Street. Library is on left side of Main Street. (Show Map)


Board of Trustees

PRESIDENT: Dolores Marino
  Carmen Granto
  Carrie H. Mitchell
Library Staff

Executive Director: Michelle Petrazzoulo

Jillian Onesi
Administrative Assistant
Carol Brewer
Mary Ruth Davis
Michelle Manly
Children's Services
Michelle Ornat
Teen Services
Linda Reinumagi
Adult Services
Townley Wheeler
Adult Services
Maureen Fennie
Adult Services
Louise Fossa
Adult Services
Cindy LaGamba
Circulation Services
Annie Perry
Technical Services
Janet Gallo
Technical Services
Gregory Mort
Tammy McGarvey
Linda Giarizzo
LaSalle Branch Librarian
John Payne
Computer Services

A Member of the NIOGA Library System