Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a library card?

If you live, work, or attend college in Purchase, Harrison, or West Harrison, you are eligible for a card.

Library Card Requirements:

For Purchase/Harrison/West Harrison Residents — Photo ID and proof of address.

For Purchase Employees — Photo ID, proof of Purchase employment, and proof of home address.

For Purchase Students — A parent or guardian must fill out a children’s library card application for all students aged 15 and under.  For ages 16 to 22, students must have a photo ID and/or college ID, and must provide proof of home address.

How do I access my library card account online?

To access your library card account, visit www.westchesterlibraries.org and click the “Account/Catalog” tab.  Once you arrive on that page, click “Log In” in the top right-hand corner.

How do I renew my items?

* There are three options for renewing your items:
(1) Call the library.
(2) Stop by the library and ask the front desk.
(3) Sign in to your library card account at www.westchesterlibraries.org.

* Some restrictions apply.

How do I place an item on hold?

(1) Go to www.westchesterlibraries.org.

(2) Search for the item you wish to place on hold.

(3) Click the Place Hold button next to the item you wish to reserve.

(4) Type your library card number and your PIN in the required fields.

(5) Click the Log In button.

(6) Answer the questions and click the Submit button.

I forgot my card! Can I still check out items?

As long as you have a valid ID, we can enter your full name into the integrated library system (ILS) to look up your library card number.

Do you have WiFi?

Yes, we offer free WiFi inside the library.

What happens if I return my items late?

The Purchase Free Library is a fine-free library.

We charge fines for the following: damaged items, lost items, lost/damaged library cards, and lost/damaged/late museum passes.

Does the library take books or DVDs for donation?

The library does not accept donated books or DVDs, but please note the following organizations that take these items:

Better World Books … 2 Harrison Street, West Harrison, NY 10604

Altruism (children’s books) … (914) 291-7222

Do you have more questions for us?

Ask a Librarian!