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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a library card?
How much does a library card cost?
How do I search for an item I want (DVD, book, magazine, etc)?
What does the library offer?
What if I can't find what I'm looking for?

How do I get a library card?

It's free!
Just come in with your photo id and fill out a registration form, your card will be issued on the spot! Find information about your library here.

How do I search for an item I want?

It's easy! You can search online and request items with your library card.
Go to your home library's web page and click on "library catalog" (to request books, DVD's, or other materials) or "Home Access" to view magazines and journals online. Consider stopping in the library and asking them for a short demonstration. You'll need a library card to make your request.


What does the library offer?


We've Got Something for You
Here are some reasons to use your library:

  • Libraries are MODERN: Practice for an exam from your home computer; download audiobooks*; learn a language online with Rosetta Stone;
  • Libraries are CONVENIENT: Get 24/7 access to learning and recreation through our website: Sign-up for programs/events; find trustworthy information, enjoy a large selection of newspapers and magazines and much more…
  • Libraries are ENTERTAINING: Borrow video games, check out DVD's, enjoy books on CD, attend an event

    *Downloadable audiobooks are currently only available in libraries located with Dutchess, Ulster, and Putnam counties.

Libraries have changed a lot over the last ten years. Beyond books, libraries offer popular DVD's, music CD's, video games, and audiobooks. You can also online with your library card. Libraries also offer a variety of events, for information and entertainment. Some libraries offer meeting space and other special services. Call or stop by your local library to find out all they have to offer.

What if I can't find what I'm looking for?

We're Here to Help
If you are looking for a specific firematic or EMS item, you should contact the NYS Fire Academy Library at 607-535-7136 x605. If you are having trouble locating another item of interest, it is best to call your local library and ask for help. Your local librarian may have a better way of searching or may borrow the item from another library.


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If you have a question, comment, suggestion or tip to pass along to area libraries, we'd like to hear it. Contact us or your local library director.


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