Yates Community Library will regretfully close its doors to the public, for an undetermined period of time, beginning at 5:00 PM today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  This is due to the critical need to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This decision was made with careful research of current, reliable information from the Centers For Disease Control and the Orleans County Health Department,  and with thorough discussion among our trustees and our family of library users. We have stayed open the early part of this week so that folks may select the materials they need in person, complete their Census questionnaire online, and for other needs.

Here is our plan in order to provide you the best service we can in the days ahead:

No worries about Overdue Fines: all materials placed in our book drop, located to the left of our front door, will be checked in FINE-FREE.  

We will make it easy for you to continue to obtain library materials to take home, with the following three ways to request books, DVDs, magazines, and books on CD, belonging to our library or many of the Nioga System member libraries.

Three ways to request materials:
    • Call the library between 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, at (585) 765-9041, to speak with a staff person directly, or leave us a phone message CLEARLY AND SLOWLY stating your full name, with spelling of the last name, and the titles of materials you need, along with YOUR phone number;
    • Place a Hold at www.nioga.org.  You will need your borrower ID number and PIN.   
    • Email: yatescommunitylibrary@gmail.com

Staff will notify you when the items are available.  We will check out the items, put them in a bag with your name attached, and place them on a table  just inside our front door. Then, please pick them up here as soon as possible. The front door will be unlocked between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM on Mon, Tue, Thur, and Fridays.  If this is not convenient, please call us at the above phone number to make an appointment.

To renew library materials:
    • Call the library at (585) 765-9041 between 2:00 – 6:00 PM 
    • Log in to your account at www.nioga.org     

ADDITIONALLY:  Our WiFi is available 24/7 from the parking lot, from the spaces close to the building’s south side.  It is not password-protected, nor is your data secure with this connection.

Please take this opportunity to try the online services available through the Nioga Library System, at www.nioga.org  You can stream or download movies, books, audiobooks, magazines, comics, and more using Hoopla, Overdrive (Libby app), and RB Digital, when you set up an account using your 14-digit Borrower ID number on your library card.   

 Please Return All Items to the Book Return (slide them in individually, not in a bag), which is located outside our front door, in the corner to your left.

If, in an emergency situation, you need copies or faxing done, please call us between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM on Mon, Tue, Thur, or Friday and we will do our best to help you.

We will strive to answer any reference questions you have, M-F, except Wednesdays, between the hours of 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM; call us then, or leave a message.  Or you can email us at:


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