Public Internet Access and Computer Use
The Yates Community Library offers several public desktop computers with free access to the Internet as well as Microsoft Word and Excel. Those age 18 and up may request the use of a computer at the Circulation Desk. Please review our Computer Use Policy and Internet, and Wireless Network Policy for more information.
Computers are available on a first-come first-served basis for use in 30-minute sessions. Patrons may continue with an additional 30-minute session only if no other person is waiting. Subsequent sessions are subject to termination at any time if another patron is waiting. The earliest patron to sign in will be the first asked to finish their session.
Computers are shut down 10 minutes prior to library closing.
Projects cannot be saved to the hard-drive of the public computers. You must bring a flash drive to save your work.
The library has one dedicated computer for use in searching for library materials. This is located near the Circulation Desk. Please feel free to ask for assistance if you cannot find what you are looking for.
For patrons seeking to complete online testing, there is a computer available for those requiring an especially quiet location. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk.
Sound is enabled on all library computers. Headphones are provided.
A laptop computer is available for in-house use only. Registered borrowers age 18 and over whose library card has fines and fees of less than $5.00 may check out the laptop for an initial 30 minutes. If no one else is waiting, the session may be continued in additional 30-minute increments. The laptop cannot be checked out ten minutes prior to closing. The laptop should not be left unattended and must be checked back in at the Circulation Desk when no longer in use.
Yates Community Library is a wireless hotspot. It is NOT necessary to have a library card to gain Internet access. Please view the library’s Internet & Wireless Network Use Policy.
Computer Use Classes
Yates Community Library offers free classes to help users become more familiar with their computers and other electronic devices. A highly experienced, personable, and patient instructor provided by the Nioga Library System can be scheduled to visit our library to give two- to three-hour classes as needed. Please let us know your area of need, from among topics such as: Email, Flash Drives and File Management, Word, Excel, Gadgets & Gear, and more. For a course list, including content, visit www.btopexpress.org.
Are you a teacher at Lyndonville Central School or a homeschooling family? Yates Community Library is delighted to be working to develop and strengthen partnerships with our local educators, in order to benefit our young learners. Your ideas for special projects involving your public library’s collaboration are most welcome!
Regular services to know about:
- Blanket Holds – for groups of students being assigned the same book, we will attempt to obtain the number of copies needed.
- Library Tours – these can include a brief story/activity program for young learners, or instruction in the use of library resources, including databases, for older students.
- Inter-library Loan – Yates Community Library can borrow materials for use by students and teachers, from public, academic, and special libraries throughout Western New York and beyond. All registered borrowers may use the Nioga Library System’s databases free of charge as well. These may be accessed at www.nioga.org.
Homebound Delivery Service
All residents of the library’s service area (the Lyndonville Central School District) who are physically unable to visit the library due to permanent disability, chronic illness, or extended confinement for physical reasons are invited to register for Homebound Delivery Service. Included are non-drivers and those confined during winter months. The service is free and offers homebound patrons the opportunity to continue to enjoy library materials that are both delivered and retrieved from their home at the patron’s convenience.
Black and white photocopies can be made for $.25 per page or $.10 per page for ten or more copies.
Color copies are available on a limited basis for $.50 per page.
Black and white printing is available from the library’s computers. The cost is $.25 per page or $.10 per page for ten or more pages.
Printing is available from your wi-fi-enabled device, either black and white or color. Cost is same as for photocopies. Please notify staff at Circulation Desk prior to printing.
For your convenience, faxes can be sent from the library. The first page costs $1.50. Each additional page costs $.75. The library will supply a cover sheet to accompany your fax, sent at no charge.
With prior notification, the library will receive and hold faxes for individuals on a limited basis. Cost is the same as for photocopying, above.
Black and white scanning services are available. Operation is limited to staff.
To scan 1-10 pages to print, save to a USB flash drive, or email is $1.00 flat rate. Additional pages are $.10 each page.
Services to the Visually Impaired
Yates Community Library’s collection includes a variety of audiobooks on CD and on small self-contained audio players known as Playaways. For those who need Talking Book and Braille services, the New York State Library offers materials and equipment mailed free of charge to eligible individuals of all ages. For more information, visit www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl.
Library Building and Multi-purpose Room Use
The Mary M. Smith Memorial Building (Yates Community Library) is open to groups for public usage at the discretion of the Library Director and the Library Board. The multi-purpose room located behind the Circulation Desk may be used for meetings or programs by community groups whose purpose is in accord with the general mission of the Yates Community Library.
Due to its primary function as a library workroom, its use MUST be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance with the Library Director. The name of the organization requesting use, time of meeting, contact person’s name and telephone number are required. Meetings may not extend beyond library hours unless prior arrangement is made for a staff member or library trustee to be in the building to assume responsibility for turning out lights and locking all doors.
To inquire about arrangements for reserving the building or the multi-purpose room, please call the Library at 585-765-9041.
Yates Community Library provides a variety of accommodations and universal design features for its facilities, programs, and services. The Library building has an accessible entrance and restroom. We make our best effort to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Please make requests for accommodations as early as possible to allow time for coordination of services and assistive technology.