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Internet | Computers | Laptop | Wifi | Photocopies | Printing | Fax | Scanner | Hours | Loan Periods & Fines | Interlibrary Loan | Meeting Room | Building Use | Display | Accessibility | Outreach | Educators | BTOP Express  | Job Now | Homebound Delivery


Public Internet Access and Computer Use

The Yates Community Library offers free access to the Internet as well as a variety of desktop publishing programs & other software applications. Simply walk in and request the use of a computer at the circulation desk.

Computers are available for use in 30-minute sessions.  Patrons may continue with an additional 30 minute session only if no other person is waiting.  Subsequent sessions are subject to termination at any time if another patron is waiting.  The earliest patron to sign in will be the first asked to finish their session.

Projects cannot be saved to the hard-drive of the public computers. You must bring a flash drive to save your work. Flash drives can be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $5.00.

The library has one OPAC computer available to search for books. This is located near the Circulation Desk. Please feel free to ask for assistance if you cannot find what you are looking for. You can also search for books online through our Catalog that can be accessed through Nioga's website.

For those who anticipate needing a computer for an extended amount of time please reserve a computer in advance. Reservations are held for a grace period of five minutes. After that time the booking is automatically cancelled and the computer becomes available to others.

For patrons seeking to complete online testing, there is a computer available that is strictly for those requiring an especially quiet location.

All computers are available on a first come first serve basis unless reservations have been made in advance.

Sound is enabled on all library computers. Headphones are provided. Computers are not available for use ten minutes prior to close.

Please review our Computer Use Policy and Computer, Internet, and Wireless Network Policy for more info.


The library loans out a Laptop computer for in-house use only. This will be available to library card holders with outstanding fees/fines that do not total over $5.00. Patrons may check out the laptop for an initial 30 minutes that may be continued in additional 30 minute increments if nobody else is waiting. The laptop cannot be checked out ten minutes prior to close. The laptop should not be left unattended and must be checked back into the circulation desk when no longer in use.


YCL is a wireless hotspot. You will never have to wait for another computer again and there are absolutely no time limits. It is NOT necessary to have a library card to gain Internet access. All you need is a laptop that contains an internal or an external wireless card. View YCL’s wireless policy.

All Library computers have the following programs

  • Internet Explorer and/or Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.3.3
  • Microsoft Office
  • Macromedia Flash Player 10 ActiveX
  • Macromedia Shockwave Player 11.5


Black and white photocopies can be made for .25 cents per page or .10 cents per page for ten or more copies.

Color copies are available on a limited basis for .25 cents per page.


Black and white printing is available from the library’s computers. The cost is .25 per page or .10 per page for more than ten pages.

Printing from the library laptop is now available. To print, bring the laptop up to the circulation desk to connect to the printer. Same fees apply.


For your convenience, faxes can be sent from the library. The first page is $1.50. Each additional page is .75. The library will supply a cover sheet to accompany your fax at no charge.


Black and white scanning services are available. Patons needing scanning services can visit the circulation desk during regular hours and speak with any staff member. Operation is limited to staff. To scan 1-10 pages to print, save to a USB flash drive, or email is $1.00 flat rate. Additional pages are .10 each page. There is an additional .50 charge for scanning to email.

Library Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10-8 pm
Wednesday closed
Friday 10-5
Saturday 10-2
Sunday closed

Closed Saturdays in July and August

Closed the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve


Loan Periods & Fines:

  Loan period  Fine amount
Books:  2 weeks  10¢ per day
Audiobooks: 2 weeks 10¢ per day
Magazines: 1 week  
Movies: 2 weeks $1.00 per day
Music CDs: 1 week $1.00 per day
Books on CD: 2 weeks 10¢ per day

All items may be renewed 1 time by phone, online, or in person.  24 hour book return is available for your convenience through the book drop.

Return library materials anytime using the book drop:
The book drop is located outside the library’s main front door entrance. Please to not return DVD’s in the book drop as they may be damaged when other heavier items are returned via the book drop.

Library materials from all libraries in the NIOGA Library System may be returned to any member library where they will be checked in and delivered to the owning library at no charge.

Inter-Library Loan

Search for books from the 22 libraries of the NIOGA Library System, serving Niagara, Orleans, and Genesee counties.

You may request (place a Hold on) an item online at www.nioga.org or by calling or visiting the library. During this process, you may select your pick-up location as this library or, if more convenient, another library in the Nioga system.  You will receive a phone call or an email when the item has arrived and is ready for you to pick up.  For items not found in the Nioga catalog, we welcome your requests and will seek to borrow them for you from another library.  Please ask at the circulation desk.

Meeting Room Use

The meeting room is available to the public on a first come first served basis. The meeting room may be used by organizations engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual, or charitable activities. Use must be scheduled in advance with the director. The name of the organization requesting use, time of meeting, contact person’s name and telephone number are required. The organization may set up the folding chairs, and request use of the coffee maker for hot water. Meetings may not extend beyond library hours unless prior a staff member or library trustee is in the building to assume responsibility for turning out lights and locking all doors.

To inquire about arrangements for the Meeting Room call YCL at 585-765-9041.

Building-Community Use

The building of Yates Community library is open to groups for public usage at the discretion of the Library Director and the Library Board. Eligible groups include but are not limited to continuing education groups, children’s groups and various non-sectarian associations. Groups whose purpose is in accord with the general mission of the Yates Community Library are to be encouraged to utilize the facility for meetings.

Display Items

Items for display may not be of political or commercial nature, but for display of hobby collections, Boy/Girl Scouts, 4-H projects and other similar use. Usual time allotted for the display case is a maximum of 30 days. Due to the lack of space and other considerations, the library cannot accept the display of trophies for personal or team achievements.


YCL provides a variety of accommodations and universal design features for its facilities, programs and services. The Library building has an accessible entrance and restroom. We make our best effort to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Please make requests for accommodations as early as possible to allow time for coordination of services and assistive technology.

Services to the Visually Impaired:

The NIOGA Library System participates in the program sponsored by the New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL). Residents who are unable to read standard printed material because of physical disabilities can take advantage of the services from the TBBL.

Eligible adults and children may borrow books and magazines in cassette or digital cartridge format and in Braille. The TBBL book collection is similar to that found in a public library; it consists of popular fiction and nonfiction, as well as general informational and recreational materials for all ages and tastes.

TBBL loans special equipment for use with its recorded books. Currently, eligible borrowers may request both a cassette player and the new digital player.


Group Loans:
Large Print, popular best sellers, classics, and non-fiction titles are available to senior centers and care facilities. These services are free. Please call us to coordinate.


Are you an educator? Here’s what we can do for you!

YCL offers you the ability to place “blanket holds.” If you have a class of students you would like to read the same book, we will do our best to obtain the amount of copies you need.

We offer library tours! This is a great way to introduce our littlest members to the library.

Have a research project and need to match your students to resources? We will help! We also offer database use lessons.

We will work with you any way we can to help in your quest to educate. Just contact us!

BTOP Express

BTOP ExpressThe NIOGA Library System's BTOP Express is one of five E-mobile computing training units in New York State with high speed broadband services being deployed in rural locations and underserved communities. The E-mobile and public access computer centers will provide 24/7 online access to job search resources as well as federal, state, and local E-government resources in Niagara, Orleans, and Genesee Counties.

Job Now

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HomeBound Delivery Service

All patrons who are physically unable to visit the library due to permanent or temporary illness or disability are invited to register for Homebound Delivery Service.  The service is free and offers homebound patrons the opportunity to continue to enjoy library materials that are both delivered and retrieved from your home at your convenience.

Yates Community Library | 15 North Main Street | P.O. Box 485 | Lyndonville, NY 14098 | 585-765-9041
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