Yonkers Public Library (YPL) buildings have reopened. Learn more about our reopening plan.

Library Service During The COVID-19 Closures

All Yonkers Public Library (YPL) buildings will remain closed through at least April 29, 2020. In the meantime, the library remains available through its digital collections and services, its calendar of virtual events, and phone and email customer support and reference services. 


How long will the library be closed?
As of now, we plan to be closed through at least May 15, 2020. We will reopen only when it is safe to do so. We did not make the decision to close lightly – but rather out of concern for the health and safety of the Yonkers community. In the meantime we are following direction from the City of Yonkers, the Westchester County Department of Health, and New York State.
How can I reach a staff member while the library is closed?
Our expert staff is here to help! Talk to a real person from your local branch, Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.  

For the Crestwood Branch (all questions), call 914-779-3774.

For help with your library card account questions,
call 914-457-1381 (Riverfront Library) or 914-771-9616 (Will Branch).

For help getting access to our online resources or for reference and referrals,  
call 914-375-7966 (Riverfront Library) or 914-457-1872 (Will Branch)

For questions related to children’s services,
call 914-457-4116 (Riverfront Library) or 914-457-1877 (Will Branch).

You can also reach us through Email or our social networking sites:
I have a library book that is due, do I have to pay any fines? What do I do if I have books at home?
During the time of closure, no library materials will be due and overdue fines will not accumulate on materials you have checked out. If you receive an overdue message it is by mistake and it will be waived.

While our library buildings are closed, our book drops will be too. We ask that you simply hold onto your borrowed books until the library can reopen. 

If you have questions or issues related to your account, fines, or due dates, please contact the following:
914-457-1381 (Riverfront Library)
914-771-9616 (Will Branch)
914-779-3774 (Crestwood Branch)

What library services are available to me? How do I gain access to online books, educational resources and entertainment?
Yonkers Public Library provides access to a wide range of digital materials. You can search our online catalog, or find our curated list of Library AppsOnline Learning tools, eBookseAudiobookseMagazineseMovieseMusicLanguage Learning tools, Test Preparation/LiveTutoringHomework Resources Online, and Computer Online Tutorials

To view all the eContent we offer, click here.

We are also offering a wide range of virtual programs. Please visit here for the full calendar of virtual events here.

How do I request a library card?
You can get a free YPL library card if you live in Yonkers. Your card will be accepted in any public library in Westchester. Apply online by filling out the Library Card Application. After you submit your application we will email you back with your library card barcode and PIN so you can begin accessing digital materials remotely. 
How can I check the status of my library card?
Check the status of your library card by emailing info@ypl.org, please write in the subject line, “LIBRARY CARD STATUS”. To better serve you, please include your name, phone number, and the library card barcode number. Someone will get back to you within 24-48 hours.  
How can I reactivate my library card or reset my pin?
Reactivate your library card by emailing info@ypl.org. Please write in the subject line, “REACTIVATE MY LIBRARY CARD”. Please include your name, phone number, and the library card barcode number. We will waive the traditional proof of ID required for reregistration. Someone will renew your library card within 24-48 hours so that you can begin accessing digital materials. 
How do I sign up for the YPL e-newsletter?
Click here to go directly to the YPL eNewsletter sign-up page. 

Update (March 20, 2020):

While the library’s physical locations remain closed, library staff are working to maintain library operations. Here’s how you can access library services:

  • You can still ask questions and reach library by emailing info@ypl.org or calling 914-375-7953 for assistance.
  • Our digital collections – ranging from eBooks to subscription online services – are still available to library card holders. Learn about these resources here. We also have a dedicated page for educational resources for Yonkers students.
  • We’ve begun offering virtual programs through online platforms such as Facebook Live and Zoom. Please check our website and social media feeds for more updates and events.
  • While we are closed you can still apply for a library card, and one of our staff will email you a barcode you can use to access digital materials. Apply for a library card here.
  • We’ve extended due dates and waived fines incurred during this period. We’ve also automatically renewed expired library card accounts so that you can keep borrowing materials.

Thank you for your patience. We can’t wait for the outbreak to be contained enough to reopen our doors to you.

Update (March 16, 2020): 

All three branches of the Yonkers Public Library will remain closed through Tuesday, March 31. Please continue to monitor this site or our social media feeds for updates. During this time, no library materials will be due and overdue fines will not accumulate on materials you have checked out.

Update (March 15, 2020):  A Joint Message from the YPL Administration and Board of Trustees

After careful consideration, and in consultation with the City of Yonkers, the Yonkers Public Library (YPL) will close all locations through Tuesday, March 17 while it assesses the public health risks posed by novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check ypl.org or subscribe to our social feeds for further updates on whether this closure needs to be extended.

YPL is proud to be a gathering place that the Yonkers community depends on, especially during times of crisis or uncertainty. Unfortunately, this very quality can enable the spread of COVID-19. We are dedicated to providing the library services that we know our members rely upon, but in this situation we feel the most responsible action is to support the health and safety of our staff and the public by temporarily closing.

We are automatically extending due dates and hold expirations for all borrowed materials, and late fees will be waived on overdue materials. While we are closed we invite you to access YPL’s collection of e-books and e-audiobookse-movies, as well as its online learning subscriptions services like tutor.comlynda.com and Gale Courses.

Our library buildings are precious assets – and closing them is something we don’t do lightly – but our greatest resource is our talented and dedicated staff. While we are closed we will plan creative ways they can serve you, even if it can’t be done in person.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and stay safe and healthy. 

Nancy Maron, Board of Trustees President
Susan Thaler, Acting Director
Jesse Montero, incoming Director

Update (March 11, 2020): 

As a precaution due to public health concerns, all public programs in the three branches of Yonkers Public Library are cancelled through Wednesday, March 25.   Please check back for updates.

Update (March 10, 2020): 

At YPL the health and safety of our staff and patrons is a top priority. We are working closely with the City of Yonkers and following guidance from trusted sources – ranging from the Westchester County Department of Health to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) – to guide the library’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Since cases of coronavirus were detected in Westchester, we have taken several steps to minimize risk, including:

  • Installing touch-free hand sanitizer dispensers in public areas at all three library branches. 
  • Signs in public areas reminding patrons of the best ways to keep healthy.
  • Custodial staff have been doubling down on cleaning surfaces, especially in high-traffic areas. Particular attention is being paid to handrails, elevator buttons, computer keyboards and other surfaces that are touched by multiple people throughout the day.
  • All public programs in all three branches are cancelled through March 25.  Please check back for updates.
  • During this period, fines on overdue materials will be waived.
  • Starting Friday, March 13, 2020, libraries in the Westchester Library System will suspend all intralibrary and interlibrary loans for the foreseeable future.  This means our patrons will no longer be receiving holds from other libraries and our library will no longer be sending our items to others. However, you may still return your items to any library in the Westchester Library System and use your card to check out items at any library.  

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