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
Print Magnification Machine
Talking Book & Braille Service
Tax Forms
WinWay Resume Deluxe
Wireless Internet Access

 

 


LIBRARY SERVICES

Current Hours are Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 9pm, Friday - Saturday 9:30am - 5pm & Sunday 12pm - 5pm
In accordance with CDC guidelines regarding the Delta variant and due to Nassau County being designated as an area of substantial transmission, all Patrons & Staff MUST wear a mask or other acceptable face covering while in the building regardless of vaccination status
While we reserve the right to require proof of vaccination, we are not checking for vaccination cards at the door
We are no longer taking temperatures at the door but if you are ill, we reserve the right to ask you leave and come back when you are healthy
For further information, please see our VISITING THE LIBRARY, FACEBOOK, or OCEANSIDE LIBRARY 411 pages

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 once again open 24/7/365!  Please feel free to return your books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and video games to the Book Drop at your convenience.  If you have a Kindle, Roku or Playaway device, please return that device to the Welcome Desk during Library hours because we do not want those items to be damaged upon return.  Please note that if the Book Drop is full, 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.  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 and carts located near the Circulation Desk.
 

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 is currently providing paper for printing.  We just ask that you only print exactly what you need. Patrons may not use their own paper but if you need to use special paper to type a resume, please notify a librarian before doing so.

Librarians can 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 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, and MS PowerPoint. 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 circulates Kindle devices!  Patrons must be Oceanside Library cardholders 18 years of age and older with a valid Oceanside Library card in good standing and sign a one-time loan agreement.  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 Welcome 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:

Nassau Library System is offering Oceanside residents the option of registering for a library card online offering immediate access to things like eBooks, audiobooks, live tutoring, digital magazines, language courses, test prep, and more!

How this works:
Oceanside residents can request via this special NLS website
.

Oceanside staff will verify the responses via a phone call or email and provide the new barcode number to the Oceanside resident at that time.  Patrons have the option to come in to pick up their new card or have it mailed to them.

Please note: If you currently have an Oceanside library card but can not find your barcode number, please reach out using the same link or call the Welcome Desk at 516-766-2360, option 0.  Staff can reconnect you with your barcode number, renew your card if it has expired but is still in the system, and help you reset your PIN.

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
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, 1972, and 1979.  Please call the Library at 516-766-2360, x337 or email emccauley@oceansidelibrary.com.
 

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

 

Installed 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 may not be able to assist with 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