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Mission Statement

Our mission is to inform and inspire people of all ages, and to enrich our community’s quality of life.

The Library collects, organizes and makes available information, materials, and activities to serve the public’s informational, recreational, cultural and educational needs within the limitations of space and budget. The Library provides access to its collection and services to all regardless of race, color, national origin, creed or religion, marital status, veteran status, sex or sexual orientation, age, disability, economic status or views.

Code of Conduct

The basis for conduct in the Library is respect for its use, by all patrons and staff.

Patron Code of Conduct


 The following behaviors are expected:

  • Careful use of library materials and property
  • Adherence to the rules of circulating materials
  • Quiet talk
  • Respect for the privacy of other patrons
  • Respectful discourse with staff and other patrons

The following behaviors are prohibited:

  • Leaving children under age 8 unattended by a responsible person at least 16 years of age
  • Any behavior including noise that is disruptive to library use
  • Abusive or obscene language, racial or ethnic epithets, slurs against gender or gender preference
  • Abuse, improper or unsafe use, or rearrangement of furniture, equipment or materials
  • Monopolizing or obstructing space and seating
  • Damage, tampering or theft of any property belonging to the Library or another patron
  • Distributing or posting unauthorized materials
  • Smoking anywhere on Library property
  • Eating
  • Having bodily hygiene offensive so as to constitute a nuisance to other persons. Such patron shall be required to leave the building.
  • Shirt and shoes are required, and all private parts covered.
  • Entering staff areas

Depending on the severity of the violation, individuals who have been asked to leave the building may be barred from returning to the library. Parents or guardians of minors will be notified. The Library Administration is responsible for maintaining order in the Library.

–MaryLou Carolan, Director

The Board of Education’s full policy is available by contacting the Administration Office at 845-563-3605, or under Governing Policies.

Governing Policies

Policy at the Newburgh Free Library is set and approved by the Board of Education of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District (NECSD).

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RCLS Central Library Plan of Service 2017–2021

Mission: Equitable reference service for all the residents of the RCLS Service Area.

Vision: Everyone, regardless of the size or wealth of the local community, should have the same access to reliable information resources and assistance.

Values: equity, efficiency, effectiveness, authority, progress.

Equity: Our service area and the state benefit when our libraries provide the resources and tools and everyone has access to the same information.

Authority: Consideration is given to choosing the information resources provided based on accuracy and authenticity; these are the criteria of the library professionals in charge of selection.

Effectiveness: Providing resources with useful results will be the goal of our service provision and the outputs, outcomes and goals will be re-evaluated each year to reflect changing opportunities.

Efficiency:  The centralized provision of costly resources, whether materials or people, is an economical use of public revenue that will maximize the usefulness per dollar spent.

Progress: Keeping reference services current and advancing the professional capability of the central and member libraries’ staff is the key to using central funds that will provide our service area users the information resources for their future.

The Central Library Development Grant is used to achieve economy of scale in the purchase of reference resources and the professional development of reference staff.  The Central Library is available to equalize reference services offered to patrons and librarians in districts that do not have full-time reference staff.

The physical and electronic collections purchased with Central Reference Development funds are available via Direct Access and/or interlibrary loan to the patrons of entire system.

The Central Reference Library meets the standard requirement for hours of opening, and provides dedicated reference staff during all the hours of opening. The assistance of this staff is available to the patrons and staff of all member libraries.

Funds Will Support

  • Acquisition of collections and databases, shared remotely with all member libraries and available in–house to central reference staff to assist them in supplying reference service to the region.
  • Piloting new services and formats on behalf of all members.
  • Marketing and promotion of services including reference and research assistance in collaboration with RCLS.
  • Evaluation and consultation on database acquisition with committee of consortium members.
  • Consultation with System and consortium members on marketing and promotion of resources.
  • Identification and implementation opportunities for coordinated training on resources.
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