Frequently Asked Questions

Can I access the library's online reference databases from my home computer?

New Rochelle Public Library cardholders may access many of our online reference resources from any home computer. Click on the “Online Resources” tab above for links to resources available for remote access. You’ll most likely need the barcode number found on the back of your New Rochelle Public Library card or other Westchester Public Library card.

Does the library accept donations of books, DVDs, etc.?

The Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library organization accepts donations of books in good condition, CDs, DVDs, audio-tapes, puzzles, and games. Donations may be dropped off in the bins i the lobby any time the Library is open. Please limit donations to one small bag or box. Please be considerate of the volunteers who handle the books for the Friends’ Book Sales and Book Store! Donations should not be brought in trash bags, as the materials get damaged. Please do not leave boxes so heavy that the volunteers can’t lift them. The Friends can not accept damaged books or out of date textbooks.

How do I get to the Library?

For library locations and directions to both libraries, click here.

When are the libraries open?

Click here to view the library hours.

How do you renew materials you have checked out?

You may renew items checked out by calling us on (914) 654-8140, or do so in person at the Library. You may also use the online catalog to renew items yourself from your patron record, click here and log in to your account. Most materials can be renewed once, with the exception of Express items and items on hold for another patron.

How do I apply for a Library Card?

New Rochelle residents and property owners are eligible for a library card. If you do not live in Westchester, but attend a New Rochelle school or are employed by a New Rochelle business, you are eligible to apply for a New Rochelle Public Library card. Westchester residents not living in New Rochelle should apply for a library card at their local library. Children of any age may apply for their own library card, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with a photo ID. Students in middle school and high school may apply for a card on their own with a current school schedule or school ID.
Simply bring a photo ID with proof of current New Rochelle residency to the library Registration Desk. Residents may use a driver’s license, New York State ID, or photo ID from a consulate or embassy. Otherwise, you may bring in photo ID and two of the following to prove residency: property tax bill, utility bill, receipt or lease, recently canceled mail sent to your name and current New Rochelle address, or documentation of employment in New Rochelle. The library will not retain copies of identification.
You may also apply for a library card online. Fill out this form (English or Spanish.) You will be notified via email when your card is read to pick up. Please bring proof of current New Rochelle residency (as detailed above) to the library Registration Desk to show when you pick up your card.

A non-resident card is issued by the Westchester Library System for an annual fee of $75.00 for anyone not covered above.

How do I reserve an item from another library?

The library’s online catalog contains materials in the 38 member libraries of the Westchester Library System. You can borrow any material listed in the catalog and have it delivered to the library of your choice by placing a hold on it, as prompted by the catalog’s instructions. Have your library card ready, as you will be asked to submit the barcode found on the back of the card. When the hold is available you will be notified via phone or email. 

How do I rent or use the library’s Ossie Davis Theater/Meeting Room or Conference Room?

Click here for information about Facility Rentals.

How do I give a gift to the library?

The New Rochelle Public Library welcomes monetary contributions specifically for book purchases in memorial or to honor named individuals. In addition, the library welcomes cash contributions, gifts of real property, stocks, and bonds. It is the library’s custom to expend cash gifts on materials, equipment, or a project that is acceptable to the donor. There may be an occasion in which the restrictions set by the donor make it impossible for the library to accept the contribution. All donations are subject to the approval of the Library Director with final acceptance granted by the Library Board of Trustees.

How do I reserve a family museum pass?

Reservations for museum passes may be made online or by contacting the First Floor Information Desk at the Main Library, in person or on (914) 813-3718. For full details regarding the Museum Pass Program, click here

When do Library Board of Trustee meetings take place?

Board of Trustee meetings generally take place on the second Thursday of the month, at 7:30 pm in the Ossie Davis Theater. All meetings are open to the public. 

How do I contact the Library Board of Trustees?

The NRPL Board of Trustees by be contacted by emailing

How do I become a volunteer at the Library?

The Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library are always in need of more help. If you have some free time, the Friends would love to hear from you – the only requirement is the ability to carry a box of books! Contact the Friends on (914) 813-3705.