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.  You can apply for a library card online here.

A child can receive a library card when a parent or guardian brings them and shows proof of residency.

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.

Book Sale
The Riverfront Library’s used book sale is located on the third floor, to the right of the reference desk, by the far right wall. Most books cost 25 cents, DVDs and CDs are 50 cents apiece, and larger books and other materials are priced as marked.

Borrowing Materials

A Westchester County library card is needed to borrow materials.

: 3 weeks
Paperbacks: 3 weeks
New books: 2 weeks
Magazines: 1 week

(Limit 15): 3 weeks
Audiobooks (No limit): 3 weeks
Video Games (Limit 3): 1 week
DVDs (Total limit 20): 1 week
    Blu-Rays (Limit 6): 1 week
    New DVDs (Limit: 2): 1 week
    TV Series: 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 ColorPatrons should bring small bills or exact change if they wish to add funds to their library card print accounts.  There is two scanners available at the Riverfront Library and one at the Grinton I. Will Branch. Computer classes are given at all three branches.  Class schedules can be found on our event calendar.

Copy Machines

Copy Machines are available at all branches. The fee is 15 cents per black and white copy.  Color copies are 35 cents and are available at Riverfront and Will libraries.  All machines accepts coins and bills up to 1 dollar.


Donations are accepted at the Riverfront LIbrary and Will Library: patrons may bring ONE bag or box to the library during each donation visit.  Materials accepted should be in good to excellent condition: paperbacks, hardcover books with dust jackets, audiobooks, and CDs and DVDs.  The library cannot accept textbooks, magazines, reference books, vinyl records, VHS or cassette tapes.

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:

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, 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. 

Study Rooms 

The Riverfront Library has a limited number of study rooms available for use. Reservations can be made for 1-hour time slots for two or more people.  You can reserve a study room in advance.  To sign up, please have your library card and PIN available.   A confirmation message will be sent once your reservation is confirmed. 

Rooms may also be reserved by calling the Riverfront Reference Department at 914-375-7966.

Study Room Reservation Policy


The Yonkers Riverfront Library has a typewriter on the 3rd floor to use.  You must supply your own paper.