Westchester Library System
Westchester Library System (WLS) is the library system for the residents of Westchester County, New York. It was established in 1958. The system has 38 public libraries and 25 college and special libraries across the county and its headquarters are located in the town of Greenburgh, near Elmsford.
- 1 About
- 2 Member libraries
- 3 Services
- 4 References
- 5 External links
The Westchester Library System is a state-chartered, cooperative library system serving all 38 Westchester member public libraries and the county's citizens. It is one of the 23 public library systems serving New York State's public libraries, and 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.
Cataloging and processing
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.
The system IT staff operates and maintains the following systems that support member library staff:
- Library Management System
- Internal networks and Internet access
- Access to proprietary databases
- File storage and backup
- Email and calendars
- Staff and public PCs
A delivery service provides transportation of Library materials to each member library.
InterLibrary loan service enables patrons to borrow materials which are not owned by any WLS library.
The WLS outreach services seek to improve access to public library services for all residents of Westchester County. Outreach activities focus on developing programs and partnerships that expand the capacity of libraries to serve the needs of low-income seniors and adults seeking information on social services, education and jobs. This work includes those who have been incarcerated, those who are institutionalized, and those with disabilities. Direct services: support for those seeking a high school equivalency diploma and older adults seeking guidance on Medicare and related benefits.
WEBS - Career & Educational Counseling Service
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.
WLS coordinates programs that support the ongoing training and collaboration of librarians serving youth in Westchester County.
Develops and maintains contact with community organizations, press and media. Raises funds and visibility for member libraries and system initiatives.
Continuing education and consulting services
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.
- "Home." Westchester Library System. Retrieved on June 13, 2017. "Westchester Library System | 570 Taxter Road | Suite 400 | Elmsford, NY 10523"
- *List of Member Libraries
- "Library Technology Guides". Libraries.org. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
- "TASC Connect!". Westchester Library System.
- "Westchester Seniors Out Speaking". Westchester Library System.