Oceanside Library

LIBRARY SERVICES
Book Club In A Bag
Book Drop & Video Drop
Book Sale
Computer Access in the Library
Electronic Device Loans
English As A New Language
Healthy Oceanside
How Do I:
Activate My Account?

Get A Library Card?
Pay Library Fines Online?
Receive E-Mail/SMS Alerts?
Inclusive Services For People With Special Needs
Oceanside High School Yearbooks
Online Practice Tests
Parenting Resource Center
Print Magnification Machine
Talking Book & Braille Service
Tax Forms
Tutor.com Adult Education, Career Center & Homework Help
WinWay Resume Deluxe
Wireless Internet Access

 

 


LIBRARY SERVICES

The Library is currently open for browsing and borrowing, photocopying, and public computer access by appointment only.  Please click here for further information.

In addition to our large collection of fiction, non-fiction, and reference material for children, teens and adults, we offer an outstanding selection of CDs, DVDs, books-on-CD, downloadable audiobooks & eBooks, newspapers, magazines and videogames for the Nintendo Switch, Wii, Wii U, XBOX360, XBOX One and Playstation 4. Computers with MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and Internet access are available for use in the Library. We offer concerts, book discussions, lectures, Museum Passes, workshops, Defensive Driving courses, Adult Connection programs, tax assistance for seniors and low-income individuals of all ages, computer instruction, movies, displays and art exhibits, as well as entertaining and informative youth programs throughout the year. For further information on any of our services and programs, please call
516-766-2360, option 4.

Book Club in a Bag provides everything you need to help you run your own book discussion, including ten copies of a title, background information on the author, book reviews, and discussion questions.  The Library is part of a consortium that has over 200 titles to choose from.  For further information, please contact the Information Desk at 516-766-2360, option 4.

For an list of the titles available (via the Online Catalog), click here.  Due to local borrowing restrictions, some titles found via catalog search may not be available.  For a downloadable list of titles and participating libraries (in PDF format), click here.

 

The Library's Book Drop is open Monday - Thursday 9am - 9pm and Friday - Saturday from 9am - 5pm!!  Please feel free to return your books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and video games to the library during those hours.  If you have a Kindle or Playaway device, please hold on to that device for now (you will not be charged any overdue fines!) because we do not want those items to be damaged upon return.  If you would prefer to hold onto your items for a little bit longer, please feel free to do so.  We will not be charging overdue fines!  Please note that if the Book Drop is full or if the Book Drop is locked, please do not leave items outside.  Items left outside of the Book Drop may be discarded for safety issues and you may be charged for lost materials.  Items will be placed into quarantine for 7 days and will be cleared from your library card after the 7 day quarantine period has lapsed.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
 

Browse through bookshelves for a selection of books on sale all year long. You will find an ever changing collection of fiction and non-fiction titles on the bookshelves located near the Circulation Desk.
 

Please note: Computers are currently not available.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Computers are available in the Adult Department to any patrons in grade 7 and up.  You must have valid identification to use the public computers.  Computer users under the age of 18 must complete an application and have it signed by a parent or guardian.  Applications are available at both the Information Desk and the Reference Desk.

The Library will provide up to five printouts free of charge. There will be a charge of ten cents per printout beyond that. Patrons may not use their own paper.  NOTE: If you need to use special paper to type a resume, you must notify a librarian before doing so.

Librarians will assist users in the initial start-up, but cannot provide extended instruction.  Any fee-based services are the responsibility of the patron.  Computers are also available in the Children's Room to holders of library children's cards.  Written parental consent is required.  Permission forms may be obtained at the Children's Reference Desk and will be kept on record there.  With regards to internet access, the library has no control over this research tool and assumes no responsibility for its content, quality, accuracy, or currency.  It is important for parents to be aware that the internet may contain material of a controversial nature.  Therefore, it is a parent's responsibility to monitor their children's selections.

Programs available in both the Adult Department and Children's Room include MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Works. Internet access is also available.  No additional programs may be downloaded or installed on the public computers.

For Wi-Fi information, click here.
 

KINDLES
The Oceanside Library has circulating Kindle devices!  Patrons must be Oceanside Library cardholders 18 years of age and older with a valid Oceanside Library card in good standing.  Kindles circulate for 28 days (with no renewal) and are loaned on a first-come, first-served basis.  We are circulating three types of Kindles: Kindle Paperwhites, Kindle Fire HD8s, and Kindle Fire Kids Edition.  Please click on the link above for further information.

PLAYAWAY LAUNCHPADS
Playaway Launchpads are available for circulation to residents in the Oceanside Library district once you sign a loan agreement (available at the Circulation Desk).  Children in Pre-K through Middle School will love these easy-to-use, durable tablets pre-loaded with high-quality secure learning apps and games.  Playaway Launchpads are grouped by subject area, theme, grade level, and age.  Subjects include Math, Science, English Language Arts, and more.  Please inquire about these exciting educational items in the Children's Department.  Check one out today!  Limit of one per household please.


ROKU STICKS
Roku streaming sticks are available for a 7-day loan to Oceanside residents 18+ years of age and are preloaded with a channel giving access to 350+ films.
 

Please note: This program is currently not in session.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Volunteers from Literacy Nassau will be providing instruction in English as a New Language for beginners and intermediate adults.  No fee.  Beginners and Intermediate classes. 
To attend, you must register with Literacy Nassau.  For further information, please call Literacy Nassau at 516-867-3580, ex. 18 or visit Literacy Nassau online.
 

Please note: These programs are currently not in session.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Medicaid Enrollment Assistance for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled

3rd Tuesday of the month // 10am - 12:30pm
Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council will have facilitated enrollers trained by the NY State Department of Health to assist the aged, blind and disabled populations enroll into the following programs: Medicaid, Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with Disabilities (MBI-WPD), Medicaid Spend-down, Medicare Savings (MSP), and Medicaid for Institutional Care in a Nursing home.  Enrollment will run on a first-come, first-served basis, free of charge, and will be available every 3rd Tuesday of the month between 10am – 12:30pm.  For more information, please call the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council at 631-435-3000.

Alzheimer's Association Caregivers Support Group
4th Tuesday of each month // 11am - 12:30pm
Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, this Support group is for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc. All are welcome--this is an open group. Call 1-800-272-3900 to register.

 

Activate My Account:

  • Go to the Online Catalog

    Click on My Account (top right corner of page)

    To activate your account:

    1. enter your 14-digit library card barcode (no spaces)
    2. leave the PIN field blank
    3. click the submit button
    4. on the next screen, enter a PIN twice
    5. click the submit button and the system will now set your PIN and you will be logged into your account
    6. When logged into your account, you can view the items that are checked out on your card, renew certain materials, and view, place and cancel requests
       
  • By clicking the Edit Account button you may modify your PIN, add or modify your e-mail address, add a mobile number to receive SMS messages, and opt in or out of your reading history

Get A Library Card:

Adults may apply for a library card at the Circulation Desk. New patrons must submit proof of residency in the Oceanside School/Library District. If you do not have a photo identification that includes your Oceanside School/Library District address, you may submit two official documents, such as a utility bill or a lease, as proof of residency.  Library cards expire every three years and must be renewed at the Circulation Desk by presenting current photo identification that includes your Oceanside School/Library District address.

Young Adult (Teen) cards (green stickered) are issued to students in grades 7 through 12 at the Circulation Desk. A current Oceanside School District ID card, report card, or class schedule are acceptable as proof of your Oceanside School/Library District residency.

A child may apply for a library card (blue stickered) in the Children's Room, with the parent or guardian submitting the child's proof of residency in the Oceanside School/Library District.

Pay Library Fines Online:

Patrons may pay library fines in excess of five dollars online from home using a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit card.  You can access this feature by logging on to "My Account" here or on the Library's homepage.  Please note that the service does not currently accept American Express or debit cards.

Receive E-Mail/SMS Alerts (for Reserve, Courtesy & Overdue Notices):

  • Go to the Online Catalog
  • Click on My Account
  • (top right corner of page)
  • Log in to your account
  • Click on the Edit Account button
  • Add your E-Mail address and/or mobile number
  • Click submit

Any questions, call 516-766-2360, option 4.
 

Please note: These programs are currently not in session.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Next Chapter Book Club by Literacy Nassau

Fridays // 3:30-4:30pm (Please call the Information Desk (
516-766-2360, option 4) for any schedule changes)
In partnership with volunteers from Literacy Nassau, we host a Next Chapter Book Club every Friday afternoon. This small book club offers adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to read for pleasure and socialize in the community.  To join, please call Literacy Nassau @ 516-867-3580, ext. 21 or visit literacynassau.org.

Adult Special Needs Social Time
Thursdays // 2 - 4pm // No Registration Required
Join us each Thursday for an afternoon of board games or movies or other opportunity to socialize. Caregivers must be present.


Help us complete the Library's collection of yearbooks from the Oceanside High School.  We are missing the following yearbooks: 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1957, 1972, and 1986.  To donate your copy, please contact the Reference Desk at 766-2360, option 5.

The Library has received a grant to digitize our Oceanside High School yearbook collection (1931-present) and if you have one of our missing years, we would like to borrow it (it will be returned in excellent condition!).  Please call the Library at 516-766-2360, x337 or email emccauley@oceansidelibrary.com.

 

Learning Express Library (Test Preparation) - In Library -- At Home
Provides courses and eBooks on job searching, resumes and cover letters, interviewing, and networking skills.  Take instantly scored Civil Service, licensing, certification, and aptitude practice tests and watch tutorials on popular software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Access.  To gain access to the LearningExpressLibrary.com's test preparation materials you will need to register.  (Click on "NEW USER" if you are a first time visitor.)  When accessed from home, your username must be your 14-digit library card number. 
NOTE: Learning Express Library has upgraded their platform with new skill-building tutorials, test preparation, and career advancement resources with new educational content, career guidance, and advice from industry experts.
 

The Oceanside Library is pleased to be a partner with the Parenting Resource Network, an information and referral service for parents of children up to five years of age.  The Network is staffed by early childhood professionals who can provide parents with information or referral to community resources that address their questions or concerns.  Call the Network at (516) 240-6018 or visit their website Parenting Resource Network for parenting tips at your fingertips.
 

Please note: These service is currently not available.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Library offers an Aladdin Personal Reader for patrons who may suffer from low vision. The machine, located in our periodicals area, magnifies print up to 25 times, enabling all patrons to enjoy our wide selection of newspapers and magazines and read personal correspondence without difficulty.
 

The Andrew Heiskell Library operates a books-by-mail program that delivers thousands of recorded and Braille titles postage-free. Residents of all ages in New York City and Long Island are eligible for these services if they have difficulty reading standard printed materials because of one or more of the following:

  • blindness
  • visual impairment
  • a physical disability that limits their ability to hold a book or turn pages
  • a reading disability (such as dyslexia) resulting from organic dysfunction

Applications for service must include certification by an appropriate authority, such as social workers, rehabilitation therapists, and professionals in various fields related to health care. All certification must include the certifier's name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and original signature. Family members may not certify applicants.

Applications may be obtained at the Information Desk or Reference Desk in our Library, or online here.
 

New York State and Federal tax forms are always available online.

Federal Tax Forms (To order Federal Tax Forms to be delivered by U.S. Mail: Click here)
New York State Tax Forms

 

NOTE: PATRONS ARE NOW REQUIRED TO CREATE A TUTOR.COM LIVE HOMEWORK HELP USER ACCOUNT WITH THEIR LIBRARY BARCODE NUMBER AS THEIR USERNAME AND A PASSWORD THEY CHOOSE THEMSELVES.

ALL USERS WHO HAVE CREATED AN "OPTIONAL" ACCOUNT WITH THEIR EMAIL ADDRESS AND A PASSWORD TO LOG IN, WILL HAVE TO CHANGE THEIR USERNAME TO THEIR BARCODE NUMBER INSTEAD.  IF YOU ARE HAVING ISSUES, PLEASE ADVISE LIBRARY STAFF.

Tutor.com Adult Education And Career Center - In Library -- At Home

Live help is available from real tutors daily from 2:00 - 10:00PM (some holidays excluded). Users can receive assistance with careers, job searches, writing résumés and cover letters. Help with citizenship exams, school subjects from GED prep to introductory college courses is also available. SkillsCenter Resource Library is open 24/7. In English and Spanish.

Tutor.com Online Homework Help
- In Library -- At Home
Live help is available from real tutors daily from 2:00 - 10:00PM (some holidays excluded). Students in grades K-12, introductory college students and adults can receive help with math, science, social studies, English and writing. Also provides résumé and cover letter assistance and proofreading. Available in English and Spanish.


Tutor.com To Go™ for iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch is the free mobile companion for Tutor.com. Connect to a live tutor for one-to-one help, review past one-to-one tutoring sessions, store documents or photos in your Tutor.com Locker, or browse the resources in our SkillsCenter™ Resource Library. Learn More

 

Please note: Computers are currently not available.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

I
nstalled on all Library computers, WinWay Resume Deluxe helps create your resume and cover letter, uploads resumes to websites, and locates jobs in your area.

We are pleased to offer wireless Internet access to our patrons, allowing anyone with a wireless-enabled laptop (PC or Mac) equipped with a 802.11 a/b/g network card to access the Internet anywhere in the building without having to wait for a public computer.  You may also access the wireless network with a web-enabled smartphone or other web-enabled handheld device.

You should be able to access the wireless network anywhere in the Library; however, some areas may have a stronger signal than others.  Most laptops that are configured for wireless access can automatically pick up the wireless signal.  You may need to set your TCP/IP properties to "Obtain an IP address automatically".

Due to liability issues, Library staff is not permitted to provide technical support.  You must be familiar with your device and know how to set it up for wireless access.

If you need to print, you must save your work either on a flash drive or e-mail it to yourself.  You may then sign in at the Reference or Information Desk to use one of the Library's computers to print out your document.

Our free wireless service is an open network and is not secure.  Users are responsible for personal information sent across the wireless network.  Users are also responsible for any damage to their personal equipment including any viruses or hacking.

Oceanside Library - 30 Davison Avenue - Oceanside - NY 11572