Oceanside Library

LIBRARY SERVICES
Book Club In A Bag
Book Drop & Video Drop
Book Sale
Computer Access in the Library
How Do I:
Activate My Account?

Get A Library Card?
Pay Library Fines Online?
Receive E-Mail/SMS Alerts?
Meeting Rooms & Policies
Museum Passes
Oceanside High School Yearbooks
Online Practice Tests
Print Magnification Machine
Talking Book & Braille Service
Tax Forms
Tutor.com Adult Education, Career Center & Homework Help
WinWay Resume Deluxe
Wireless Internet Access
ZoomText (for Visually Impaired Patrons)

 

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LIBRARY SERVICES

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 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, workshops, Defensive Driving courses, 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.

 

For your convenience, the book drop and video drop are open 24 hours a day.
 

Browse through our book sale carts 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 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 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.  Computers may not be used to play computer games.

For Wi-Fi information, click here.

 

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.
 

To see the Oceanside Library Meeting Room Policy, click here. (Opens in Adobe Acrobat or right click to download as PDF)

To obtain an application to use the Library's Meeting Room, click here. (Opens in Adobe Acrobat or right click to download as PDF)

To obtain an application to use the Library's Meeting Room if you are a Student Group, click here. (Opens in Adobe Acrobat or right click to download as PDF)

Spend an afternoon in the company of the world's greatest artists or with creatures who roamed the earth millions of years ago, stroll through beautiful gardens, or participate in the wonders of science.

Museums included in this program are:

Reservations may be made either in person at the Reference Desk or by telephone at (516) 766-2360, x319 Passes may be reserved up to 30 days in advance.  Each museum pass may only be borrowed by a family once in 30 days.  Oceanside Library cardholders (18 or older) who are in good standing may borrow passes for museums located on Long Island for up to two days.  All other passes may be borrowed for up to three days.  When you borrow a pass, please check the due date.  Failure to pick up a pass that you have reserved without notifying the Reference Desk will result in a 3 month suspension of museum pass privileges.  The fine for an overdue pass is $10 per day.  Failure to contact the Reference Desk if the pass cannot be returned on time will result in a 3 month suspension of privileges.  If a pass is lost, the replacement cost is $50, and privileges will be suspended for six months.  Museum hours are subject to change.  Please call ahead to verify the hours.

Passes may be returned either to the Library’s Reference Desk (no later than one half hour before closing time on the due date) or in the book drop (we will provide you with an envelope).

 

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 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

 

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 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.
 

ZoomText software, which has been installed on several public computers, enables our visually impaired patrons to surf the web, create documents, and email their friends and family with ease.  The software displays high-definition text for low-vision individuals; for those who need additional assistance, the software provides speech synthesizers that actually read aloud applications and documents.  Patrons who need to use the read aloud feature must provide their own headphones.

Oceanside Library - 30 Davison Avenue - Oceanside - NY 11572