Public Library System
Looking for a good book to curl up with this week? The Yonkers Public Library offers patrons a comprehensive collection of books, periodicals audio and video cassettes, records and compact discs, government documents and Internet access. Its resources are devoted to serving people of all ages, and supports lifelong self-education and the enrichment of leisure time through its services, and its commitment to the public. Their services are supplemented by ongoing community activities, including lectures, workshops, exhibits showcasing the works of local artists, and programs commemorating seasonal or national observances. The library’s Fine Arts department is one of the largest in Westchester County and the reference department, job information center, Spanish language and African-American collections are among the finest.
The Yonkers Public Library currently operates three branches throughout the city: All branches are closed on Sundays.
1 Larkin Center
The Riverfront Library of the Yonkers Public Library offers the full range of modern public library services and collections. Among special collections and services are extensive business, technical, and governmental information sources in printed and electronic formats. One of the region’s collections of federal government documents is housed at Larkin Center. The Riverfront Library also has available meeting rooms, and a state-of-the-art auditorium for use by the public. To book a room, please call the Branch Administrator at 914-337-1500,ext. 433.
Grinton I. Will
1500 Central Park Avenue
In addition to the full range of modern public library services and collections, the Grinton I. Will branch houses the Yonkers Public Library’s Fine Arts Department. The Fine Arts Department has one of the county’s best collections of reference resources and circulating books devoted to the visual and performing arts, sound recordings, and musical scores. The Will Branch, which won an Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects, is home to a 325 seat theater/auditorium and a wonderfully decorated room for children’s programs. In addition, several meeting rooms are available to the public. The Will Branch offers free parking for up to 134 vehicles.
16 Thompson Street
The Crestwood Branch of the Yonkers Public Library is a community library serving a large residential area in the northeastern section of the City. The Crestwood Branch offers best sellers and other popular titles, large print books, and an excellent collection of children’s materials. The Crestwood Branch maintains an active schedule of story hours and other children’s programs. For general information, call (914) 337-1500 or visit www.ypl.org
Book drops are available outside all of the Libraries when they are closed. Cassettes, CDs, DVDs & videos CANNOT be returned in a bookdrop. Returning materials promptly makes them available to others sooner.
A library card is needed to borrow materials. Most materials are loaned for three weeks. Videos and “Books Pronto” are loaned for one week, and new fiction is loaned for two weeks. Most items may be renewed, except for Books Pronto.
Copy Machines are available at all branches.
Grants Information Center
The Grants Information Center, located in the Riverfront Branch, is one of more than 400 Cooperating Collections of the Foundation Center. It has the best and most comprehensive information available on foundations and corporate giving. The center’s internet address is:fdncenter.org
Internet Access is available at all branches of the Yonkers Public Library. Visit the Yonkers Public Library’s Internet homepage at: www.ypl.org. Through our home page, you’ll find links to the Library’s catalog, the City of Yonkers and the Westchester Library System. With your library card’s barcode number, you have remote access at home to extensive reference databases which provide full-/text articles from hundreds of magazines, and abstracts from many more publications. eReference provides e-mail reference service.
Kurzweil Reading Machine
The Kurzweil Reading Machine at the Riverfront Branch scans printed materials and reads them aloud, a service for those who are blind or have low vision.
Tours can be arranged for individuals or groups to learn about library materials and services. Please call (914) 337-1500 for more information.
Our librarians are information specialists with Master’s degrees in Library and Information Sciences. They are here to help you with your information and book selection needs. If you do not find what you are looking for, we may be able to get it from another branch or another library. You may also reserve books already checked out. Ask a librarian for more information about these services. Quick reference by phone is also available.
Homework Helper program provides homework assistance to school children in grades 1-7 during after-school hours at the Riverfront and Will Branches. For more information please call 914 337-1500
(PHOTO CAPTION: The new Riverfront Library in Larkin Center, on the site of the old Otis Elevator factory, is the only Westchester library open seven days a week.)