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Download and keep popular MP3 music for FREE!

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Download e-books and audiobooks for your e-reader, tablet or smartphone!

Come check out our Local History Room featuring local history scrapbooks, photos, newspaper clippings and much, much more!

Register for our online nonfiction book club and join in the discussion!

Check out our new video game collection for PS3, Xbox and Wii consoles!

Access over 100 titles in our Digital Magazine Collection

Check out books or pick up holds with the new Books to Go and Holds to Go service at the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre.

Borrow free digital videos, music, and audiobooks with your library card.

Explore our collection of Historic Images of St. Catharines & Niagara

Explore the musical scrapbooks of Teresa Vanderburgh in our new exhibit.

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Departmental Directory

Library Services Contacts

A listing of extensions to help answer your questions.

Please call 905-688-6103

Administration 236
Adult Information/Reference 211
Audio Visual 227
Children/Young Adult Services 227
Fiction/Community Services 227
Interlibrary Loans 219
Overdue Queries 221
Room Bookings 238
Special Collections 220
Dr. Huq Family Library Branch 300
Merritt Branch 400
Port Dalhousie Branch 500

Digital Magazines

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St. Catharines Public Library card holders will have access to 50 of today's most popular magazines covering news, politics, style, art, technology and more. Some of the titles included are: Maclean's, Popular Science, Rolling Stone, The Economist, Chatelaine, Canadian Living, Elle Quebec, L'actualite, Les Affaires, PC Magazine and more.

  • Enjoy the complete digital editions of your favorite magazines—many of which are only available in this format
  • Download full color magazines with interactive elements such as audio and video
  • Find the stories you want to read quickly and easily with an intuitive navigation and all-inclusive keyword search
  • Gain unlimited access to our entire collection of digital magazines
  • Check out as many as you want—there are no holds or due dates
  • Read your magazines anytime, anywhere — either on your PC or Mac or on your mobile device. Apps are available for iPad®, iPhone®, Kindle Fire™, Android™, Blackberry® Playbook™

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Fresh Ink

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Creative Writing Competition For Teens who live or study in the St. Catharines or Niagara Region

Call For Entries – Contest Closes July 31st, 2018

Short story and poetry writers between 12 and 18 years of age, who live or study in St. Catharines or the Niagara Region may submit their works for the 18th annual Fresh Ink Writing Awards. Professional writers will judge the entries on the basis of originality and style, general presentation, grammar and spelling.


Cash prizes will be awarded in each category for entrants 12 to 15 years of age and 16 to 18 years of age.
First prize will be $100.00 and the second prize will be $50.00.

Contest Rules

  • A limit of 1 poem and/or 1 short story per person.
  • Short stories must be 1000-1500 words in length. Poems may be any length.
  • Entries must be typed or neatly printed, double spaced, pages numbered with the title on each page.
  • Entries must be in English.
  • A completed Entry Form must be attached to your submission. Do not put your name anywhere on your work.
  • Your work must be original and unpublished. Plagiarism or copyright infringement will be grounds for disqualification or the return of any prize money awarded.
  • Prize winners or their designate must be present to receive their award and read from their work at the Awards Ceremony on October 25, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

How to Enter


  • Deliver your submission to any public library in the Niagara Region.


  • Mail your submission to:

    Fresh Ink
    St. Catharines Public Library
    54 Church Street
    St. Catharines, ON L2R 7K2

For more information call 905-688-6103, ext. 236.

Contest closes: July 31, 2018
Winners notified: Late September/October
Awards Ceremony: Thursday, October 25 2018, Mills Room, Central Library

Audiobooks & Ebooks

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Upcoming Programs

Books and Babies
Wednesday, February, 13 10:15 AM - 10:40 AM Central Library, Story Hour Room
Your child is never too young to use the Library. Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, an...
Book a Librarian
Thursday, February, 14 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central Library, Learning Resource Centre
Get the most out of your technology with our Book a Librarian service! Book a ha...
Adult Crafting Circle
Thursday, February, 14 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM Central Library, Story Hour Room
Crafters of all skill levels are invited to join the Library’s Adult Crafting ...
Saturday Morning Author Series - Research: A Seductive Distraction to Writing
Saturday, February, 16 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Central Library, Rotary/Bankers Room
** Please Note: This program is fully registered. A short waiting list will be t...
Tell Tails: Therapy Tails Ontario
Saturday, February, 16 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM Dr. Huq Family Library Branch
Reading should be fun. By reading to a furry friend, children can improve their ...
Fortnite Battle Royale Gaming
Saturday, February, 16 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM Central Library, Learning Resource Centre
** Please Note: This program is fully registered. A waiting list will be taken. ...

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