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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How to Get a Library Card

Local residents and those who work locally may obtain a library card in person at the Library.  You must show proof of residency/local employment.  The first library card is free, but if the card is lost, the replacement charge for a new card is $1.  Patrons outside of the Westchester Library System may obtain a card for an annual fee of $75.

Library Account & PIN

Library patrons are required to log-in to the online library catalog using their library card number and a personalized identification number (PIN) before viewing information about their account or to place a hold. By default, your PIN is the last 4 digits of the phone number registered on your library card account. After logging-in for the first time, library patrons should change their PIN to something that is easy to remember, but that only they will know.

Borrowing Period & Renewal Policy

Books/Audiobooks/Playaways:  Most Lewisboro Library and inter-library loan books have a 21-day loan period.  You may place holds on these books, and they may be renewed if there is not a hold in the system.  Exceptions to this are:

New Books  -  new releases that are circulated within the Westchester Library System.  There is a 14-day loan period on New Books.  You may place holds on these books, and they may be renewed if there is not a hold in the system.

Express Books -  copies of new best sellers that are circulated within this library only.  There is a 14-day loan period on Express Books, they are not renewable and they may not be reserved or held.                                                    .                                                                                  

DVD/Blu-Ray:  Most Lewisboro Library and inter-library loan DVDs and Blu-Rays have a 7-day loan period.  The exception is DVD series, which have a 14-day loan period. You may place holds on these items, and they may be renewed if there is not a hold in the system. 

How to Renew 

Items may be renewed in person, via telephone (674-4169) or online by accessing our Library Catalog.  For instructions, see Using the Library from Home.

How to Reserve  

Items may be reserved in person, via telephone or online by accessing our Library Catalog.  For instructions, see Using the Library from Home.

Fees/Fines     

Late Fees vary from library to library.  The fees noted below are for those materials belonging to the Lewisboro Library.

Books/Audiobooks:  There is a late fee of 20-cents per day for books that are returned past their loan period (25-cents for Express books).  The maximum fine assessed for overdue books is $5.

DVD/Blu-Ray: There is a late fee of $1 per day for all DVD and Blu-Ray items that are returned past their loan period.  The maximum fine assessed for these items is $10.

While the fines on overdue materials are relatively low at the Lewisboro Library, other libraries’ fines have increased.  If you reserve a book from another library in the Westchester Library System, you are subject to that owning library’s late fee.  These late fees can range from 25˘ per day for books to $3 per day for movies.

Patrons with $25.00 or more in Outstanding Fees will be blocked from checking out any Library materials until the fees are paid.

Why did the Library Name Change? 

 

In 2008, the South Salem Library board of trustees and the New York State Board of Regents  approved a name change for the library from “South Salem Library” to “Lewisboro Library.”  The new name more accurately reflects the library’s mission to serve the entire town of Lewisboro including Cross River, Goldens Bridge, Lewisboro, South Salem, Vista and Waccabuc.  The Library is chartered by the state to serve all of Lewisboro, and all residents contribute their tax dollars to support the building and its services.                

 

When is the Annual Library Fair?

 

The annual library fair is usually held on the third or fourth Saturday in September at Onatru Farm in South Salem. The Fair will be held on September 23 in 2017. The Fair highlight is the Book Sale, but it also features “Attic Treasures,” auctions, games, food, hayrides, music, and vintage cars. 

       

Do you accept book donations?

Due to limited space, we only accept book donations once a year. Donations may be brought to Onatru Farm on Saturdays in August between 10 am and noon, in preparation for the September Library Fair (September 23 in 2017). Books must be in good condition (no mildew or torn pages). No textbooks, condensed books, encyclopedias, or magazines.

Wireless Internet Access     

Wireless Internet access is now available at the Lewisboro Library.  We invite you to explore our high-speed Internet access using your own wireless-enabled laptop or pda.

In order to connect, your computer must have a WiFi-compatible network card installed (802.11b or 802.11g).  We also recommend a charged battery, as electrical outlets are limited.

Wireless users agree to abide by the library policy on wireless use of the Internet. A copy of this policy can be found at the Circulation Desk.

For detailed information, please refer to the Wireless Configuration Information sheet available at the Circulation Desk.

            Wireless Network Name: lewlibrary

 

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