Over 84,000 books are available to you. These include outstanding fiction as well as non-fiction materials in both the adult, young adult and children’s areas. In addition, we have an expanding collection of reference materials offering the most up-to-date information. We are increasing the size of our audio-book collection; these abridged and full-length audio-books have proven to be very popular.
Story hour sessions for pre-school children are held three times each week. Each summer the Children’s Department sponsors a summer reading program for children and young adults, with children receiving reading incentives at summer’s end. The Children’s Department also offers Book Buddies, Homework Helpers, movies, special holiday programs and craft programs.
The Port Chester Public Library owns nationally known magazines, including children’s, business, scientific, sports, hobbyist and general news magazines. The library also maintains subscriptions to local area and state newspapers as well as major national papers and business journals. The library also has newspapers, magazines and databases online.
The Port Chester Public Library has personal computers and internet access, printers and assorted software for public use at no charge. Other computers in the library support library databases, providing access to the catalogs of other Westchester County public and academic libraries.
The Library’s Reference Department offers a variety of print and computer resources to fulfill the informational needs of Port Chester and Rye Brook residents. Our most frequently sought print sources are located in our Job Information, Business, Health, Local History, Fine Art and Consumer Information collections. Online information systems at the Library provide access to the Internet, a full-text magazine database indexing 1,500 + publications, a newspaper database covering 115 + newspapers throughout the world, a literature database and a variety of online business, health and education resources.
In addition to a diverse collection of recreational reading, including multiple copies of bestsellers, the library offers circulating books on computers, resume writing, health, Spanish and English as a Second Language collections, leisure activities, the arts and many more.
The Reference Staff offers assistance both in-person and by telephone. Come in or call with your questions. We will be glad to help you with your information and research needs. With our extensive range of databases and online searching capabilities available through our system, we can call upon a vast amount of outside resources if we do not have the answer on hand.
Through our affiliation with the Westchester Library System, we can also utilize the five million listings of the 38 public libraries in the county.