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

Allison Halloran/Senior Account Clerk ext. 31 /

ahalloran@wlsmail.orgThe 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)

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.

  1. 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.
  2. The Board works in close communication with the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library 
    and works with the Bronxville Village of Trustees, on the annual Library budget and capital projects.
  3. Regular Meeting Dates–approved through  April  2018-2019
  4. Thursday, May 9, 2019
    Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Thursday, July 11, 2019
    Thursday, September 19, 2019
    Thursday, October 10, 2019
    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    Thursday, December 12, 2019
    Thursday, January 9, 2020
    Tuesday, February 13, 2020
    Thursday, March 12, 2020
    Thursday, April 16, 2020 (ANNUAL MEETING)  Meetings take place at 7:00pm(Thursdays) in the Board Room unless specified otherwise.

    “Minutes prior to 2017 are available in the Library”
    Library Board Minutes
    2017
    Minutes January 2017
    Minutes February 2017
    Minutes March 2017
    Minutes April 2017
    Minutes May 2017
    Minutes June 2017
    Minutes July 2017
    Minutes September 2017
    Minutes October 2017
    Minutes November 2017
    Minutes December 2017
    Minutes January 2018
    Minutes February 2018
    Minutes March 2018
    Minutes April 2018
    Minutes May 2018
    Minutes June 2016 
    Minutes July 2018
    Minutes September 2018
    Minutes October 2018
    Minutes November 2018
    Minutes december 2018
    Minutes January 2019
    Minutes Feb 2019
    Minutes March 2019
    Minutes April 2019

Trustees 2017-2018

Ruth Walter, President
Catherine Bird, Vice President
Darcy Kaye
Katy Barrett, Secretary
Robert Shearer, Treasurer
Susan Finch Moore
Nick Parks
Eilen de Saint Phalle

 

 

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/ Fundraising
Chiara Oconnor, Secretary/ Community Outreach
Rekha Waggoner, Treasurer
Ellen Politi,  Programs-Music
Publicity/Nominations
Irena Stern
Dina Grant
Isabelle Ingersoll
Jody Klessel
Heather Lamadrid
Vanessa O’Friel
Lauren Toal
Pippa Colvin 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 Raymond Geselbracht,
geselbracht321@gmail.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: 9:30 a.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.

2019 Holiday Closings

New Year’s Day, Tue, Jan 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mon, Jan 21
Presidents’ Day, Mon, Feb 18
Good Friday, Fri, April 19
Easter, Sun, April 21
Memorial Day, Mon, May 27
Independence Day, Thur, July 4
Labor Day, Mon, Sept 2
Columbus Day, Mon, Oct 14
Veteran’s Day, Mon,Nov 11
Thanksgiving Eve,Wed, Nov 27
Thanksgiving Day, Thur, Nov 28
Christmas Eve, Tue, Dec 24
Christmas Day, Wed, Dec 25
New Year’s Eve, Tue, Dec 31

Note: 1 p.m. close Thanksgiving 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 Overdue Fines

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.

Make a Suggestion

The Library will be closing at 3:00 pm on Friday, March 8th.

The Bronxville Library Public Access Computers will be down until further notice. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

The Library will be open tomorrow, Thursday March 8th, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00  PM with limited service .

We will continue our regular hours from 1:00 PM to 9:00  PM.

 

The Library will be open tomorrow, Thursday March 8th, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00  PM with limited service .

We will continue our regular hours from 1:00 PM to 9:00  PM.

 

Until further notice, there is no printing, copying or scanning service available.

Bronxville Public Library programs for the afternoon and evening are being cancelled for Tuesday February 12th.

 

The Bronxville Public Library will be closed Sunday, December 31 and Monday January 1, 2017 for the New Years Holiday

 The Library will be closed today, Tuesday, February 12,2019 due to the inclement weather

The Library will open tomorrow, Monday, March 4th at 11:30 am due to the impending storm.

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