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FAQ-Adults

Can I borrow books at other libraries?

You are entitled to borrow books at any Nassau County library using your Syosset Library card.

Can I reserve a book through Syosset Library that is not in the catalog?

To reserve a book that Syosset Library does not own, call the Reference Desk at 516-921-7161 ext. 217, go to the library catalog and click on Interloan, or search the LI Link catalog and place a request.

Do library cards expire?

Library cards are valid for three years and may be renewed by presenting continued proof of residency.

Does the library have a book club?

Syosset Library holds two monthly book clubs: the Afternoon Book Club and the Evening Book Club. They also hold a bi-monthly 20-Something Book Club for those in the 20 and 30-something age group. Check out the Events for Readers page for more information. There is no registration and you do not have to be a resident to attend. Copies of the chosen books are available at the Circulation desk one month prior to the discussion.

Can I download eBooks from the library?

Syosset Library offers a collection of downloadable audiobooks and eBooks available 24/7 from our website. You can browse and select from a list of titles and download them to your computer and transfer them to a variety of portable devices.

How do I reserve a museum pass?

Museum passes can be reserved online, by phone at 516-921-7161 ext. 239 or in person at the Readers’ Services Desk on the second floor.

I can't visit the library due to an illness or disability. Can I get materials delivered to me?

If you are a Syosset School District resident cardholder you may be eligible for Syosset Library’s Homebound Delivery Service. Call the Readers’ Services Desk at 516-921-7161 ext. 239 for more information.

Can I donate books to the library?

Syosset Library accepts books in good condition.  Old encyclopedias, textbooks, workbooks, magazines, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes or audio cassettes will not be accepted.   Please limit donations to 2 bags.

Can I sign up for a Quiet Study Room?

Quiet Study Rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis.  The rooms accommodate 2 to 5 people.  Conversations and cell phone usage are not permitted.

Does Syosset Library have public internet computers?

Internet computers are available on the third floor.  Please bring either a Syosset library card, Nassau County library card or ID.

Does Syosset Library offer computer classes or training?

One-on-one computer courses are open to Syosset School District residents and are given at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Reservations are required.  You can make a reservation by visiting the Reference Desk, calling the Reference Desk at 516-921-7161 x 217 or via e-mail hereCourse Catalog

Is Wi-Fi available in the library?

Wi-Fi is available on the third floor of the library.  No password or library card is required to access the Wi-Fi network.


FAQ-Health

Is this service confidential?

Yes, the Health Reference Librarian will not share your information with anyone, and your contact information will be deleted once you have been notified that the packet is available for pick-up.

Do I need to make an appointment with the Health Reference Librarian?

No, the Health Reference Librarian’s hours are Monday 9-5, Tuesday 9-5, Wednesday 1-9, Thursday 9-5, and Friday 10-5.  To ensure her availability it is recommended that you schedule an appointment.  Call the Reference desk at 516-921-7161 ext. 217.

Can I check out the books and DVDs in the Health Reference Center?

Yes, all of the items are available.  Regular loan periods apply.

Is the Health Reference Librarian a health professional?

No, this service is provided by librarians; they are not medical doctors or healthcare professionals and do not offer medical opinions or advice.  Disclaimer

How long will it take to put together a packet of information?

In order to thoroughly research the question, please allow 3 days.

How will the packet be delivered?

Packets may be picked up at the 3rd floor Reference desk, mailed to your home, or emailed.


FAQ-Kids

What is the fish’s name?

Gordon Bob Splash, a composite name based on the suggestions of children who entered our Name the Fish contest during the Summer of 2010.

How old does my child have to be to stay at the library alone?

Your child must be at least 12 years old to stay at the library alone.

Can I leave the building while my child is attending a program?

No.  Children under the age of 12 must have a parent/guardian in the building at all times.

How do I find a babysitter?

A babysitting registry is available at the Reference Desk for parents seeking babysitters. This registry provides information for teenage sitters who have completed a Teen Babysitting Workshop held under the tutelage of a professional. The library holds Teen Babysitting Workshops, taught by registered nurses, several times a year and an annual Teen Babysitting Job Fair which provides a chance for parents to meet and greet potential babysitters who have completed the course.

Sorry, the library does not provide information on nannies or full-time caretakers.

What activities are there for children in this area?

The library provides various activities for children based on age and grade. These can be found listed online or in your newsletter, which is mailed out to Syosset residents four times a year. For those interested in non-library related activities, feel free to browse our Community page, which provides links for various local places of interest.

How do I register for a program?

Most programs have registration dates which are listed in the newsletter and online calendar.  You can register online by clicking on Events and Classes on the main page of the library’s website.  The child’s library card and PIN (the last 4 digits of your phone number) are necessary to register online.  Payment is due within one week of registration date.  You can also register in person.

How strict are the age limits for programs?

Children's programs are designed to work best for the ages indicated.  If you have a specific question regarding this policy, please contact the Children’s Department at 516-921-7161 ext. 232.

Can my child bring another child to a program?

All children must register in advance for a program. However, if the program is full and the child meets the age requirements they will be permitted in after waiting 15 minutes if all registered children do not show up.  If the program is not full and they meet the age requirements they will be permitted in.  In both circumstances, if the program has a fee it must be paid upon admittance to the class.


FAQ-Programs

Does the library offer AARP Driver Safety Classes?

Yes. Check the online calendar for dates of upcoming classes. Information about current classes is also available by calling the library, 516-921-7161 ext. 210. These classes are limited to SSD residents and New York State Driver’s License holders only. Registration is ongoing, in-person (with the exception of spouses or domestic partners), at the library’s Information Desk.

Fee: $17 for AARP members; $19 per person for non-members, per person, by check only, payable to AARP, at the time of registration.

Does the library have public meeting rooms?

There are two meeting rooms available on Thursday nights, from 6 PM to 9 PM. The rooms can accommodate approximately 40 to 80 people. These meeting rooms can be reserved, no more than once per month, by application and are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the Policy for Use of Meeting Rooms. If you have any questions, please call Jeanette Donohue at 516-921-7161 ext. 228.

How and when can I register for classes or get tickets for concerts?

Information about registration/ticket dates can be found in the library newsletter, which is delivered to each home in the Syosset School District, and also available in the library or online. It is published four times per year, once each season. Generally, the first week of registration is for SSD Residents only, and after the first week, anyone can register or get tickets.  You can register for classes at the library or online.  Tickets can be obtained at the library.

Why don’t I get a newsletter?

The newsletter is delivered by the post office. If you are not receiving a copy at home, please contact the Syosset Post Office at 516-921-4706. It is always available at the library or online.


FAQ-Teens

Who can use TeenSpace?

Seating in TeenSpace is reserved for teens in grades 6-12 (tables and computers).  Adults/children may browse, but children under the age of 12 must be with an adult.

How can I use the computers in TeenSpace?

Assuming you are a teen who is at least 12 years of age, you need to have a green library card. Teens can use a computer for 2 hours (or longer if nobody is waiting).

Who can attend teen programs?

Teen programs are for students in grades 6-12.  Parents are asked not to attend programs (except for special programs like Open Mic Night or joint programs like College Prep programs).

How do I sign up for a teen program?

Unless stated that there is a fee to be paid in person, you can register using Online Program Registration using your library card, over the phone (516-921-7161 ext. 242) or by email.  Please pay attention to sign-up dates since popular programs (such as our volunteer programs) fill up quickly.

Can I volunteer at the library?

Syosset Library offers a number of specific volunteer opportunities each month. That includes an activity working with younger children (such as book buddies) and Teen Advisory Board meetings.  You can check out the Volunteer Opportunity Directory of over 50 local organizations seeking teen volunteers.  If you are seeking additional community service credit, you may submit a short review of a new teen book, video game or movie to splteens@syossetlibrary.org to be posted on the TeenSpace blog with librarian approval.  We do not “hire” teen volunteers to work at the library unsupervised.


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