MHLS Home Reference & Collection Development


Adriance Memorial Library (ADR) is the Central Library of the Mid-Hudson Library System. It has the largest collection of books and audio-visual materials in the system, and provides a variety of services to other member libraries:

Tuesday's Tips: a weekly service providing members of the Mid-Hudson Library System digital instruction on a specific tool or resource.

Reference Support: Member libraries can call the ADR reference desk for help with patrons' reference questions after you have exhausted the resources in your library

  • ADR reference librarians are available Monday-Thursday 9-9, Friday and Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 2-5. Call (845) 485-3445 x3702, or 1 (800) 804-0092.
  • ADR provides Stumped pads to member libraries with handy tear-off sheets that provide patrons directly with the contact information for the ADR reference desk.
  • For more in-depth reference support, patrons may submit their request on a Subject Search Form, which is sent to ADR by their home library.

Reference Training: Regional reference training opportunities are listed on the MHLS online calendar. Librarians at ADR will provide staff training and consultations on a variety of topics, in your library.

Finding Your Way: Useful Sites in a variety of subjects are selected and maintained ADR staff. Pathfinders list useful resources on specific topics, and include tips for improving search results.

System wide Electronic Databases: Central Library funds help support several HOMEACCESS databases and Wilson Catalogs Online.

Building a strong system-wide non-fiction collection

  • ADR works with the MHLS Central Library / Collection Development Advisory Committee to look at non-fiction areas of the collection that are not represented, under represented or out-of-date in the system-wide collection. If you see an area for us to look at please send us your input through this brief form.
  • Your library can ask ADR to consider buying a non-fiction book that is too expensive or unusual for your library to add to its collection. Contact Janet Huen, ADR Assistant Library Director.

Member libraries should contact Deborah Weltsch for any of the services listed above.


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