Westchester Library System

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The Westchester Library System (WLS) is the library system for the residents of Westchester County, New York. It was established in 1958. The system is made up of 38 libraries across the county and its headquarters are located in the town of Greenburgh, near Tarrytown.[1][2][3]

About[edit]

The Westchester Library System is a state-chartered, cooperative library system serving all 38 Westchester member public libraries and the county's citizens. As one of the 23 public library systems serving New York State's public libraries, the Westchester Library System was established in 1958.

The mission of the Westchester Library System is to enhance and improve the County's libraries, and to ensure that all residents have excellent library service regardless of their location.

A 15-member board of trustees, elected by the trustees of the member libraries, is the governing body of the System. Regular Board Meetings are generally held the last Tuesday of each month, excluding July & August, at 6 pm at the WLS Headquarters. The exact dates of the meetings can be obtained by inquiring the System at 914-674-3600. Listed below are some of the important services offered:

Member libraries[edit]

Member Library Image Location Historical notes
Ardsley Public Library
North Castle Public Library
(Armonk Branch)
North Castle
North Castle Public Library
(North White Plains Branch)
North Castle
Bedford Free Library Bedford
Bedford Hills Free Library Bedford Hills
Briarcliff Manor Public Library Public Library in Briarcliff Manor (2).tif Briarcliff Manor Former train station
Bronxville Public Library Bronxville Library.jpg Bronxville
Chappaqua Library Chappaqua
Croton Free Library Croton
Dobbs Ferry Public Library Dobbs Ferry
Eastchester Public Library Eastchester
Greenburgh Public Library Greenburgh
Harrison Public Library Harrison
Harrison Public Library
(West Harrison Branch)
Harrison
Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library Hastings-on-Hudson
Irvington Public Library Irvington
Katonah Village Library Katonah
Larchmont Public Library Larchmont Library jeh.JPG Larchmont
Mamaroneck Public Library Mamaroneck
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
Mount Kisco Public Library Mount Kisco
Mount Pleasant Public Library Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant Public Library
(Branch)
Mount Pleasant
Mount Vernon Public Library Mount Vernon
New Rochelle Public Library New Rochelle
New Rochelle Public Library
(Huguenot Children’s Library)
New Rochelle
Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
Ossining Public Library Ossining
The Field Library
Town of Pelham Public Library Pelham
Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library
Pound Ridge Library Pound Ridge
Purchase Free Library Purchase
Rye Free Reading Room
Scarsdale Public Library Scarsdale
John C. Hart Memorial Library
Somers Library Somers
Lewisboro Library
The Warner Library
Tuckahoe Public Library
White Plains Public Library White Plains
Yonkers Public Library
(Riverfront branch)
Yonkers Main Library.jpg Yonkers
Yonkers Public Library
(Grinton I. Will branch)
Yonkers
Yonkers Public Library
(Crestwood branch)
Yonkers
Sources:[4]

Services[edit]

Cataloging and processing[edit]

Books, videos, recordings, and other library materials acquired by member libraries are cataloged and entered in the online "card catalog" and are made available to all cardholders.

Information technology[edit]

The system staff operates the circulation system and maintains the network, providing access to collections, as well as various databases and the Internet.

Delivery[edit]

A delivery service provides transportation of Library materials to each member library.

InterLibrary loan[edit]

InterLibrary Loan service enables patrons to borrow materials which are not owned by any WLS library.

Outreach services[edit]

The WLS Adult and Outreach Services Department seeks to improve access to public library services for all residents of Westchester County. Activities include:

  • Creation of an easy to use online library that provides a wide range of topics.
  • Providing access to community resources on a bilingual directory of services for immigrants.
  • Developing online resources for Westchester's Spanish-speaking population.
  • Support for adult literacy through the Westchester Literacy and Learning Alliance.
  • Service to State and County correctional facility inmates.
  • Access to assistive technology for residents with vision, hearing, physical or learning conditions which are barriers to full library use.
  • WLS and member libraries participate in partnerships that serve Westchester's aging population through such activities as programs and provision of Library-based Caregiver Resource Centers.

WEBS - Career & Educational Counseling Service[edit]

WEBS offers free group and individual career counseling programs in libraries for adults in career transition as well as access to career and educational information.

Youth services[edit]

WLS supports member Library service to children, teens and parents through a wide range of programs, activities, training and collection development.

External relations[edit]

Develops and maintains contact with community organizations, press and media. Also coordinates special events such as the Book and Author Luncheon and the African-American Literary Tea.

Continuing education and consulting services[edit]

WLS arranges and conducts workshops and other training opportunities for professional development of member librarians and the advancement of Library trustees. Professional advice is available to member Libraries on services, programs, planning, budgeting, administration, and management.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home." Westchester Library System. Retrieved on August 8, 2011. "Westchester Library System | 540 White Plains Road | Suite 200 | Tarrytown, NY 10591"
  2. ^ "Zoning Map." Retrieved on 8 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Greenburgh town, Westchester County, New York." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 8, 2011.
  4. ^ *List of Member Libraries

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