Us

Who

Welcome to the Bronxville Public Library. The Staff, Trustees, and Friends are all dedicated to our Library – and to you!

Staff

Our staff of library professionals is dedicated to serving the patrons of and visitors to the Bronxville Public Library. Please telephone or email staff members or departments at the extensions listed in the directory. tel 914.337.7680 / fax 914.337.0332

Directory

Administration & Facilities

Greg Wirszyla, Director ext. 30 / bronxvilledirector@wlsmail.org

Joann Meehan/Senior Account Clerk ext. 31 / jmeehan@wlsmail.org
The senior account clerk coordinates room reservations

John Gallucci, Caretaker ext. 62/ brocaretaker@wlsmail.org

Circulation Desk (ext 21)

Marianne Wingertzahn, Head of Circulation ext. 23 / mwingertzahn@wlsmail.org

Michele Prete, Library Clerk

Reference Desk (ext 24)

Christine Utchel, Head of Reference ext.63/ cutchel@wlsmail.org

Tessymol John, Reference Librarian tessyj@wlsmail.org

Children’s Library (ext 34)

Erin Schirota, Head of Youth Services esenig@wlsmail.org

Jessica Veissy, Youth Services Librarian jcentuori@wlsmail.org

Board of Trustees

The Library is governed by its Board of Trustees — seven to nine residents of Bronxville Village, each appointed by the Mayor and the Village Trustees to a three-year unsalaried term of service.

The Board meets at the Library from 7-9pm on the second Thursday of the month (except August) to review with the Library Director the Library’s status; to determine, codify, and update policies; and to plan for the Library’s future. These meetings are open to the public; a schedule of meeting dates is below. Trustees also serve on one or more standing committees.

The Board works in close communication with the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library and is advised by a Village Trustee who serves as Library Liaison.

Regular Meeting Dates–approved through  April 2017

January 12, 2017
February 9, 2017
March 7, 2017
April 6, 2017
May 11, 2017
June 8, 2017
July 13, 2017
September 14, 2017
October 12, 2017
November 16, 2017
December 14, 2017
January 11, 2018
February 8, 2018
March 8, 2018
April 12, 2018(Annual Meeting)

Meetings take place at 7:00pm(Thursdays) in the Board Room unless specified otherwise.

Library Board Minutes
2016

Minutes January 2016
Minutes February 2016
Minutes March 2016
Minutes April 2016
Minutes May-2016
Minutes June-2016
Minutes-July-2016
Minutes September 2016
Minutes October 2016
Minutes November 2016
Minutes December 2016
Minutes January 2017
Minutes February 2017
Minutes March 2017

Trustees 2016-2017

Sarah Normand, President
Sarah Underhill, Vice President
Darcy Kaye
Mary Mackintosh
Susan Finch Moore
Julia Ann Murphy
Joe Peddy
Peter Thorp
Ruth Walter

Friends of the BPL

The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Bronxville Public Library. Our mission is to focus public attention on the Library’s services, facilities, and needs; sponsor special projects; secure materials that are beyond the reach of the regular Library budget; and perform other services helpful to this beloved 107-year-old institution. Read more and give

Directors

Margaret Mager, President
Lia Gravier, Vice President
Naomi Tzur, Treasurer
Christopher Goff, Secretary
Thatcher Drew
Jennifer Gordon
Elizabeth Maitland
Ellen Politi
Darcy Kaye as the Trustee Liaison to the Friends

Contact the Friends | Give to the Friends

Volunteers

The Bronxville Public Library encourages volunteerism at the library which enriches library culture, thereby enriching the community.

Volunteer Policy
Adult Volunteer Application
Student Volunteer Application, including permission slip

What

The Bronxville Public Library, begun as a Reading Room in 1875 and settled in its current home in 1942, is a beloved cultural center and meeting place located at the heart of the Village. Our outstanding art collection and rich calendar of literary and musical programs draw visitors from all over Westchester. And it’s a wonderful place to curl up with a good book!

Art Collection

The Library is justly proud of its fine art collection. Except for two small pictures by Hudson River School painters, the oils and prints in the collections were executed between about 1890 and 1930, and all are by American artists.

They represent works by Bronxville painters and sculptors, who began to move to the Village in the late 1890s, and their colleagues, who were fellow National Academicians or affiliated with the same summer art colonies (Old Lyme, for example). The foundation of the Library’s holdings comes from two major donations by former Library Trustees. Ernest Quantrell gave a large group of Currier & Ives lithographs that today grace the walkway to the Yeager Community Room, and about a dozen oil paintings. William F. Burt bequeathed twenty-six paintings and a sizable Japanese art collection to the Library at his death in 1947. Generous Villagers have added to this impressive group throughout the years.

We are working on a self-guided tour. Stay tuned!

History

Before the Bronxville Public Library was officially chartered in June 1906, Villagers had enjoyed the use of a lending library for thirty-one years. The embryonic library was housed in a small room that had been added in 1875 to the Bronxville Model School in the center of town.

A group of residents petitioned the school board to open the reading room one or two nights a week and the men of the village volunteered their service once a month. A box was placed in the railroad station for book donations. Over the years about 2,500 volumes were collected.

Read more >

Local History Center

Bronxville’s Local History Center, a treasure trove of material on the history of the Village, is located in the Bronxville Public Library. Supported by the Village of Bronxville and managed by the Village Historian, the History Room occupies over 800 square feet in the Library’s lower level. Read more >

The Local History Center is available to researchers by appointment. For more information, contact Village Historian Eloise L. Morgan, 914-779-9391, rcmelm@aol.com

Books and More

Books to check out and bring home, books to listen to, music to listen to while you read… and if you’re not sure what you want to read next, check out our suggestions.

Catalog
eBooks and Audiobooks
Movies
Music
We Suggest

ELibrary

Looking for books to download and read on your Kindle, iPad, phone, computer, and more?

OverDrive  – A downloadable audiobook and eBook service offered by the Westchester Library System.
Freading  – A downloadable eBook service offered by the Westchester Library System.
TumbleBooks – An online collection of animated, talking picture books, reading comprehension quizzes, educational games and teacher resources.
OneClickDigital  – A collection of approximately 4,000 audiobooks for unlimited and instant download to your MP3 player or iPod.
Total Boox – Total BooX lets WLS patrons read, share and discover books with no restrictions, no waiting lists and no tokens. *Please note that Total Boox is currently in beta*
Project Gutenberg – A collection of free eBooks.
Google Books – Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book Search. Discover a new favorite or unearth an old classic.

So Much to Do!

Story hour, classes, concerts, movies, lectures, crafts, instruction. Check the Events Calendar, or see what we have on offer for Adults, Teens, and Children

Room Rentals

The Bronxville Public Library encourages the use of its public spaces for informational, educational, cultural, recreational and civic meetings and events.
Two art exhibition galleries are available by advanced registration for qualified artwork.

Fee Schedule for Room Use and Exhibitions
Room Use Policy
Room Use Application
Art Exhibition Policy
Art Exhibition Application

Paint Colors

Yes, really! We answer this question all the time, so here’s what you need to know:

All paint is Benjamin Moore, primarily from the Classic Color Collection.

l to r: 708, 709, 711

l to r: 708, 709, 711

l to r: 922, 924, 187, 040

l to r: 922, 924, 187, 040

When

Our doors are open 7 days a week; we close on Sundays in the summer. The eLibrary is open 24/7/365.

Hours

Labor Day to May 31

Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please note: library doors are locked 5 minutes prior to the closing time for safety reasons; thank-you for your cooperation when you check out your books at the time of the announcement.

Summer Hours

June 1 to Labor Day

Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

Please note: library doors are locked 5 minutes prior to the closing time for safety reasons; thank-you for your cooperation when you check out your books at the time of the announcement.

2017 Holiday Closings

New Year’s Day, Mon, Jan 2
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mon, Jan 16
Presidents’ Day, Mon, Feb 20
Good Friday, Fri, April 14
Easter, Sun, April 16
Memorial Day, Mon, May 29
Independence Day, Tues, July 4
Labor Day, Mon, Sept 4
Columbus Day, Mon, Oct 9
Veteran’s Day, Fri, Nov 10
Thanksgiving Eve, Wed, Nov 22
Thanksgiving Day, Thur, Nov 23
Christmas Eve, Sun, Dec 24
Christmas Day, Mon, Dec 25
New Year’s Eve, Sun, Dec 31

Note: 1 p.m. close Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve

Where

The Library is located at the intersection of Pondfield Road and Midland Avenue, directly opposite Village Hall on Pondfield Road. The Bronxville School is across Midland Avenue.

Address

201 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
tel 914.337.7680
fax 914.337.0332

Official Website for the Village of Bronxville

View a map and get directions

Parking

Parking is free to Library patrons on Library Lane for up to 90 minutes (enter from Midland Avenue). The Library Lane entrance is NOT disabled-accessible. Parking is free (two-hour limit) directly in front of the Library on Pondfield Road. Disabled-accessible parking is reserved in spaces adjacent to the sloping sidewalk that leads to the Library’s main entrance on Pondfield Road.

Public Transportation

The Library is a ten-minute walk along Pondfield Road — through the Village’s main business district — from the northbound platform of the Bronxville Metro-North Station (Harlem Line).

Why

“A library should not only be a storehouse for books and a shelter for readers but also an influence on the community. We hope the library will stimulate an interest not only in books and architecture, but also in art and the other cultural fields.”
—Library Board President Ernest Quantrell, May 17, 1942

How

Here you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t see your question here, call us at 914.337.7680. And if you'd like to make a comment or suggestion please fill out the form below, and we might add your question to our list!

Fines and Renewals

How to Pay a Fine

Currently, fines must be paid in person at the circulation desk according to the Bronxville Public Library’s fine schedule.

How to Renew a Book

Renew books online by clicking on WLS Login on the homepage and enter your BPL card number and PIN or by calling the Circulation Desk at 914.337.7680 ext 21;
Note: renewal limits may apply.

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