General Services

Library Cards

To obtain a free library card, present picture ID and proof of your Yonkers address to the circulation desk at any of our three branches.  Cards can be used throughout the Westchester Library System.  Bronx residents can obtain a YPL card for use in Yonkers libraries only. 

A child can receive a library card if s/he can print her/his name clearly.  A parent or guardian’s signature is needed.

Library cards need to be updated every three years.


 Book Drops

Book drops are available outside all of the Libraries when they are closed. You can check out your materials at one library in Westchester and return them to any other Westchester library.  Returning materials promptly makes them available to others sooner.


Borrowing Materials

A Westchester County library card is needed to borrow materials.

BOOKS
Regular
: 3 weeks
Pronto: 1 week
Paperbacks: 3 weeks
New books: 2 weeks
Magazines: 1 week

AUDIO/VIDEO
CDs
(Limit 15): 3 weeks
Audiobooks (Limit 8): 3 weeks
DVDs & Blu-Rays (Limit 15; 1 new): 1 week
TV Series DVDs: 2 weeks

Checked Out Materials
Call TeleCirc at 914-674-4169 to renew materials, list titles checked out, list fines, and list holds ready for pickup. (Your PIN is the last 4 digits of your phone number)


Computer Rooms

The Computer Room Centers at the Riverfront Library and Grinton I. Will Branch offer personal computers which have word processing, spreadsheet and resume-writing software. Computers are also available at the Crestwood Branch.

B&W and Color printing is available in the Computer Rooms. Cost for printing is 15 cents per page in B&W and 50 cents per page in Color.  There is one scanner available in the computer room at the Riverfront Library and one at the Grinton I. Will Branch. Computer classes are given at all three branches.  Class schedules are listed here.


Copy Machines

Copy Machines are available at all branches. The fee is 15 cents per black and white copy and accepts coins and bills up to 1 dollar.


 Funding Information Network

The Funding Information Network (formerly 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 network’s internet address is: fdncenter.org


Homework Helper

Homework Helper program provides homework assistance to school children in grades 1-7 during afterschool hours at the Riverfront and Will Branches.

Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center, (914) 337-1500, x427
Mondays – Wednesdays 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Thursdays 4:30 pm – 6 pm
in the Arts & Crafts Room, for grades 1-7

Grinton I. Will Branch, 1500 Central Park Avenue, (914) 337-1500, x306
Mondays – Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Thursdays 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
in the Story Room for grades 1-6


Internet Access

Internet access is available at all branches of the Yonkers Public Library.  With your library card’s barcode number, you have remote access at home to extensive reference databases which provide articles from hundreds of magazines, and abstracts from many more publications.

The Yonkers Public Library offers free wireless internet service in all its three branches.  Simply start your device, choose the library network (YPL Riverfront Library for Riverfront, YPL Will Library for Grinton I. Will, YPL Crestwood Library for Crestwood), and then launch your web browser which will take you to rules and regulations page that you must accept.  Once you click on that, your computer’s home page will appear.  Wi-Fi access in the Riverfront Library and Crestwood Library is available throughout the buildings.  In the Will Library it is available in the Main Reading Room area and Young Adult/Fine Arts area.  


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Kurzweil Reading Machine

The Kurzweil Reading Machine, located on the 3rd floor, at the Riverfront Branch scans printed materials and reads them aloud, a service for those who are blind or have low vision. 


Study Rooms

The library provides study rooms for public use.

  • Study rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are no advanced reservations.
  • Patrons must sign up for use of the room at the reference desk at the time they want to use it.
  • Patrons can use the rooms for 2 hours at a time, and longer if there is no wait.
  • There is a 6 person maximum occupancy per room.

Tours

Tours can be arranged for individuals and groups to learn about library materials and services. Please call (914) 337-1500 for more information.


Typewriter

The Yonkers Riverfront Library has a typewriter on the 4th floor to use.  You must supply your own paper.