WLS plays an important role in improving the capacity of member libraries. Technical assistance on operations, programs, fundraising and technology make WLS an important resource for member libraries. WLS’ management and operations of the online library and internet access system constitutes the largest telecommunications network in Westchester County with over 1000 networked terminals at 44 library sites, serving 1,437,136 computer users and free wifi access at all sites. WLS provides cataloging services to maintain consistency and quality control over the information in the WLS catalog, and operates an expansive inter-library loan program among local, regional and international sources to find items not found in WLS libraries. Effectively and efficiently, WLS coordinates the sharing of library resources among the member libraries, distributing over 1 million items annually, saving libraries millions of dollars. Other shared resources include collection development systems, system-wide purchasing of technologies, and electronic holdings, including e-books and e-readers, learning and research databases and a unique Spanish language catalog using Spanish vocabulary– for individuals searching materials not yet fluent in English.
Over 50 years of providing innovation, support and service to the member libraries in Westchester County.
WLS’s major function is to enhance and help improve the services at all 38 Westchester County libraries, to reduce libraries’ costs through economies of scale, to ensure that all residents have excellent library service whether on-site at any of the 44 library locations in the WLS network or virtually 24/7. WLS also provides outreach services and consulting services to enhance lifelong learning and improve literacy skills in our communities, staff development opportunities for member libraries and advocacy services to improve awareness of and funding for libraries.
The Westchester Library System is located at 540 White Plains Road, Suite 200, Tarrytown, NY 10591. Visit the WLS website at www.westchesterlibraries.org for a complete list of programs and events throughout the Westchester Library System. (914) 674-3600
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The mission of the Westchester Library System is to ensure that all residents have seamless access to excellent library service throughout Westchester County. WLS provides model programs, affordable and easy-to-use information technology, and support serv
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