Hours of Service
- Limited seating is available at Will Library and Riverfront Library reading tables for study, research and laptop use.
- Limited public computer services have been restored to Will Library and Riverfront Library for a single 1 hour session. One express 15 minute computer is available at Crestwood Library.
We are happy to make the library more accessible to Yonkers residents, but the safety of the staff and patrons remains our top priority. While visiting the library, mask wearing and social distancing are still required. To ensure everyone has a safe and productive visit, we recommend that everyone reviews our Temporary Code of Conduct. More information about changes to library facilities and operations can be read below:
To help us maintain social distancing in our locations we will continue to maintain occupancy limits. They will be as follows:
- Crestwood Library: 10 (including small children)
- Riverfront Library: 60 (not including small children accompanied by an adult)
- Will Library: 50 (not including small children accompanied by an adult)
Patrons who visit the library when it has reached capacity will be expected to wait (six feet apart) until other patrons exit the library to gain entry. Once inside the library, patrons who are not actively engaged in accessing library collections or services may be asked to leave the building so that others can enter.
As a result of these occupancy limits, we strongly recommend that non-family groups of five or more – including camps, adult day services, and daycare providers – avoid making library visits or check ahead before doing so.
Please help us keep staff and other patrons safe by observing the following rules:
- Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth. This is in accordance with New York State Executive Order 202.17. Visitors will not be permitted to enter the library without one, and will be expected to wear it throughout the visit, regardless of their vaccination status.
- Staying home if you’re experiencing symptoms of any illness. Patrons exhibiting flu-like symptoms, including excessive coughing or sneezing, may be asked to leave the building to protect the health of others.
- Maintaining at least six feet of distance from staff and patrons whenever possible.
- Keeping your visits short. We are still available for reference and account help via email and telephone.
- Listening to the instructions of library and security staff.
A temporary code of conduct has been approved by YPL’s Board of Trustees. This code of conduct is temporary and may be revised based on changing health and safety guidelines. Unless they are specifically modified or revoked in the temporary code of conduct, all other policies from the permanent Library Code of Conduct remain in effect.
We’ve made significant changes to our buildings to facilitate social distancing and enhanced cleaning protocols.
- Water fountains have been turned off, per the recommendation of the New York State Department of Health.
- Use of study rooms are restricted to the public until further notice.
- Plexiglass screens have been installed at service points to protect staff and patrons.
- Restrooms have been repaired or upgraded for easier cleaning.
- YPL’s professional custodial staff have instituted enhanced cleaning procedures, including use of COVID-19 disinfecting solutions.
We have changed the way we handle library materials to keep our staff and patrons safe. This means the way you browse, checkout and return materials has also changed:
- All library materials should be returned in a blue “quarantine” bin. They should not be handed off to library staff. Library staff will wait a minimum of 24 hours before handling returned materials. If you check your online account, returned materials may appear as being checked out for a few additional days.
- We are currently waiving all late fees.
- Please expect a longer wait time to process holds due to quarantine periods.
- Our checkout desks have been reconfigured to allow patrons to scan their library cards and item barcodes. We encourage patrons to scan for themselves to limit staff handling of cards and books. If staff assistance is required, it will be provided.
- We currently have limited access to public computers for adults. View our temporary public computer service plan.
- At Riverfront and Will Libraries, public computer sessions are available for 1 hour per day. One express 15 minute computer is available at Crestwood Library.
- Cost for printing is 15 cents per page in B&W and 50 cents per page in Color. Patrons should bring small bills or exact change if they wish to add funds to their library card print accounts.
- Guest passes will be eliminated until further notice. All patrons will be able to qualify for a “computer only” card without providing proof of residence.
- We are currently offering limited in-library programming and daily virtual programs through ypl.org.
- Donations of books and other materials are suspended until further notice.
- Library book sales are suspended until further notice.