In November of 2020 the Grimsby Public Library (GPL) joined the Libraries in Niagara Cooperative (LiNC). The GPL joined when they migrated to a new integrated library system (Evergreen) that was shared with other Niagara libraries. 

What does being a LiNC patron mean?

GPL patrons are now LiNC patrons too. Being a LiNC patron comes with the following benefits:

  • LiNC libraries share an interactive online catalogue where you can search individual libraries, or the collections of the entire Cooperative
  • LiNC patrons can place holds on items from other member libraries and have them delivered to your home library through our online catalogue
  • LiNC patrons can use their home library card at any of the member libraries to check out their physical collections, including books, magazines, movies and more. Online resources are currently not shared among the LiNC libraries
  • LiNC patrons can use the online catalogue to place holds, renew items, create reading lists, track reading history and more
  • LiNC patrons can return checked out items at any member library branch
  • LiNC patrons can pay fines at any member branch


What is LiNC?

The Libraries in Niagara Cooperative (LiNC) was established in 2010. This cooperative library consortium, consisting of multiple Niagara public libraries and one college library, was created to share an open source library catalogue system called Evergreen. It eliminates the need for individual LiNC member libraries to select, mount, manage and upgrade a singly owned library system.

LiNC is a collaborative venture and succeeds due to the efforts of its members. LiNC’s integrated library system is housed and managed in one location, and LiNC’s libraries contribute annually to costs associated with the integrated library system. Costs to manage a comparable proprietary system would be significantly more.

The following libraries are part of LiNC:

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