Gardiner Library Mission Statement
The mission of the Gardiner Library is to provide materials and services to meet the educational, cultural, and social needs of our growing community. The library facilitates personal and professional enrichment, internet access, and provides a center for community activities. In particular, the Gardiner Library recognizes its responsibility to encourage the love of reading in Gardiner's children, and by so doing, help foster their development into literate, informed citizens.
What do I need to get a library card?
We serve people who pay taxes to support the library. Proof of residence is required. We also issue cards to people who work or do business in Gardiner. See our policy for more details.
Do you have WiFi available?
We have 4 PC desktops and 5 PC laptops for patron use or you can use your own computer to access our wireless network. Visitors as well as cardholders are welcome to use this service.
Can I print from the computers?
You can print from the library computers. If you wish to print from your laptop or device, you will probably need to download the drivers for our printers.
Can I make photocopies and send faxes at the library?
You can use our photocopy machine for .20 per page (.10/pg if 10 or more copies; .05/pg if you bring your own paper) and send and receive faxes for $1 per page
How long can I borrow materials?
Books, audiobooks, and music CDs are loaned for three weeks. DVDs and magazines are loaned for one week. Patrons may borrow 3 DVDs at a time. Items from other libraries are subject to the home library’s lending policy.
Do you have a card catalog and how can I use it?
Yes and no! We no longer have a physical card catalog, but you can search for library materials from any computer in the library. We also have a dedicated computer for searching the catalog. A huge benefit of this online catalog is you can search the catalog through the library website from home. Click on "Search the Catalog" on the upper right hand corner of this page. If you have trouble, ask a staff member or give us a call.
How do I order items from other libraries?
Click on "Search the Catalog" on the upper right hand corner of this page. Type the title in the search box at the top of that page. Click on the item you'd like to order, then click on the blue "Place Hold" box. Enter your library card number and pin.
If you have trouble, you can ask at the library circulation desk or phone a staff member. We will gladly walk you through it over the phone.
Do you have story time and other programs for children?
Yes! To learn more, please click here. Children
Are there fun, educational things I can access from my home computer for my kids?
Go to the Children's page to access lots of fun and educational programs.
Do you have a community room?
Yes. It's a busy place.
For events please click here. Activities / Events
For the community room policy please click here. Community Room Policy and Application
Can outside groups use the community room? Can individuals rent it out?
Non profits can use the room. Events should be open to the public. We currently only rent the community room out for birthday parties for kids under 10 years old.
Click here for more information. Community Room Policy and Application
Does the Gardiner Library have magazines? newspapers?
We subscribe to over 40 magazines, which can be borrowed for one week. Past issues of hundreds of magazines are available to read online at read newspapers and magazines. We also subscribe to the New Paltz Times, Bluestone Press, Wallkill Times, Times Herlad Record, Shawangunk Journal and the New York Times which may be read in the library or online at read newspapers and magazines.
Can I get books electronically?
Use the Books/Audio/Digital tab on the top of the webpage or to download ebooks and audiobooks go to Overdrive.
Can you recommend some genealogy resources?
Go to Heritage Quest Genealogy Materials or History and Genealogy.
Can I borrow music from the library?
We have over 1000 music CDs in our collection. Styles of music range from Bach to Bob Dylan, from Jazz and Latin to World music and beyond. We have a collection of Children's music in the Children's section. If we do not have the music you are looking for at the library we can order CDs from other libraries in the RCLS system (we welcome donations of CDs for our growing collection).
Do you have large print material?
The Large Print books are located near the West wall. Large Print editions of many books can also be borrowed from other libraries in the RCLS system.
Do you have any career services?
We have a number of books about careers, resumes, cover letters and interviewing in our collection. Our computers are also available for searching "help wanted" websites, completing online applications and printing resumes and cover letters (free of charge).
Other career services can be found here: Web Resources
Where can I find the new releases and bestsellers?
The octagonal book display to the right of the circulation desk features new fiction, biography, nonfiction and bestsellers. We order new books once a month. Go to suggest a book to make a request or suggestion.