Using Our Library

Borrowing Materials Policy

To check out library materials, patrons must present a valid Nioga library card in good standing, or show photo ID and proof of address matching their existing account.

Resident Library Cards

Resident library cards may be issued free-of-charge to residents of Genesee, Orleans and Niagara counties, and to those who work, own property or attend school within the borders of the Batavia City School District.

Photo ID with name and current street address must be presented to apply for a card, or to replace a lost card. When primary residence within Genesee, Orleans, or Niagara counties is not established, additional proof of working, attending school, or owning property within the borders of the Batavia City School District is required.

Children may be issued resident cards and their replacements when they can sign their own name, and after having established identity and residency in the manner described above, or in the presence and under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian who has. 

Non-resident Library Cards

Non-resident library cards may be purchased by adults for an annual fee of $40.00 (for 12 months), or a quarterly fee of $12.00 (for 3 months), in accordance with the terms of the Borrowing Policy for Non-residents.

Institutional Library Cards

Institutional library cards may be issued to schools, daycare centers, and other agencies that partner with the library in support of its mission, in accordance with the terms of the Borrowing Policy for Organizations.

Replacement Card Fees

Fees for lost cards are $1.00 for each replacement.

Loan Periods, Renewals, Requests, Limits

  • Most library materials (books, audiobooks, music CDs) circulate for a three-week loan period.
  • DVDs, cake pans, kits, and games circulate for a one-week loan period.
  • DVDs are limited to 10 per library card.
  • All materials may be renewed twice unless the item is on a waiting list.
  • Materials may be renewed in person, by phone or online.
  • Materials may be requested in person, by phone or online.

Fines and Fees

Overdue fines are $.20 a day per item, with a maximum fine of $5.00 per item.

Lost or damaged materials will be charged the library's full recorded retail price as cataloged, or the full retail replacement cost if not cataloged. Material exchanges are not accepted in lieu of payment.

Borrowing privileges are suspended when overdue fees exceed $5.00.

Fines may be reduced up to 50% by the Library Director for extenuating circumstances such as hospitalization, theft, fire, flood, etc. A written request and supporting documentation must be supplied by the patron.

:Lost items found within one year of payment will be refunded by check on the next available library board warrant. Refunds for found materials will be made in full minus any overdue feees accrued on the materials.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees (1/2009)
Amended (8/12/2013 & 12/08/2014 & 2/13/2017)

Computer Usage

 Use of library computers and Internet access is available with a valid library card.  Computer check out is for one hour, renewable two times unless there are computer reservations pending.

Children under 18 years of age must have parental/legal guardian permission to use the Internet.  Forms giving parental permission must be signed at the library.  Inquire at the main desk.

All patrons using the library’s computers must agree to the Computer and Internet Use Policies and Rules.

Wi-Fi Access

The library offers free wi-fi access on the main floor. No registration or sign up is necessary to use wi-fi. For further information see Wireless Access Policy.

Printing through the Library's Wi-Fi
You can print from your own Windows or Mac device to the library's printer. Click on the link below to download the necessary software to print. Cost of prints is 20 cents for black and white and 50 cents for color.
Printing Link

Visitor Cards

Visitor cards for Internet use are available at the library. These cards allow visitors to use the library’s computers for Internet access for 30 minutes with one renewal providing there are no reservations pending.  Valid identification must be presented to be issued a visitor card.  For further information see Internet Use Policy for Visitors.

Gallery Room & Meeting Rooms    

The Gallery Room of the library features a monthly art exhibit.  Any artists interested in displaying their work in the Gallery must contact the library directly.

Community and not-for-profit groups are welcome to use the library's meeting rooms once a month.  To request a meeting space you may contact the library directly to obtain a Meeting Room Request Form or submit online using the Request Form link below.

Meeting Room Policy

Meeting Room Request Form

Maximum capacity of the upstairs Gallery Room is 100 persons with audience style seating and may not be exceeded.  Capacity of the downstairs Dorothy Wilber Memorial Room for meeting purposes is 25.

Rules of Conduct for Library Patrons

Unattended Child Policy

Whistleblower Policy