Library Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you deliver books, DVD’s and audio books to the home bound? 
Yes we do. The library will deliver books, magazines, DVDs, and audio books to home bound North Salem library patrons. For more information please  call Pat Carey at (914) 669-5013.

 How do I get a library card?

Anyone who lives, works, goes to school or pays school taxes in North Salem is entitled to a free library card.  Simply come in with some form of ID showing your North Salem residency and we will gladly issue you a card.  With a library card, you will be able to check out materials not only from the Keeler Library, but from the entire Westchester Library System.
A library card is a financial responsibility; you are accountable for all materials borrowed on your or your child’s library card.  Furthermore, you must advise the circulation desk of any changes in your name, address, or phone number.  Please report lost cards immediately. If you lose your card there is a $3.00 charge to replace it.
Children of all ages are entitled to get library cards.

How do I donate books and other things?
Beginning in approximately February, we will accept donations of books, CD’s and DVD’s to be sold at the annual Book, Bake and Plant Sale that is held over Mother’s Day weekend in May. We will not accept encyclopedias, condensed books, smelly or moldy books. The library reserves the right to accept or reject books because of their subject matter or condition. 
Sometimes we are looking for specific things such as furniture or electronics. In that case we will post the need in the newsletter and on the web page.
Patrons quite often want to add a book to the library’s collection in honor or memory of someone. We are delighted to help you with this. Please check with a librarian first before giving us the book as we may already have it or be able to purchase it more cheaply. We are a very small library and thus are limited in what we can add. Once everyone decides on the item, we sill be able to add a gift plate.

How do I reserve or renew a book, magazine or AV item or pay my library fines?
We are happy to help you in person, on the phone or by email to do these so please contact us. If you prefer to do it yourself, click on the my account button and follow instructions.
It is not possible to renew an item that has been renewed once already or has a hold on it.  Librarians are sometimes able to override the former but never the latter.
You may pay your fines in person at the library or online by going into your account at home or at work and using a credit card. There will be a processing fee.

How do I give a program at the library or suggest ideas for programs?
We are always looking for interesting program ideas. Please contact the director for programs for adults or teens and the children’s librarian for programs for children. We do not offer programs that are designed to sell a product or service. We are delighted always to co-sponsor programs with local non-profit organizations.

How do I reserve a room at the library?
We  allow local non-profit groups to use the library and reserve rooms here. We do not allow for profit activities to reserve rooms. Please call or email the library to reserve a room.

How do I borrow an item from outside the county?
We regularly borrow books or microfilm or get articles from outside the Westchester Library System. We are unable to borrow AV materials and generally colleges will not lend books that have been published in the last six months. You need to see a member of the staff to do that. We submit these requests to the Interlibrary Loan staff at WLS and they facilitate it. They do not charge for this service and we do not charge. Sometimes, however, a lending library (generally colleges) will charge. We will not go ahead with the request without notifying you first and get your approval for a charge. 

How do I sign up for Library Elf?

Library Elf  is a web-based and email tool for library users to keep track of their library borrowings and holds. It makes it easier to keep track of what’s due, overdue or ready for pickup from one or more library accounts. This account is checked every day and email notices are sent when items are coming due, overdue or when holds are ready for pickup. As well, users can get up-to-date real-time information through the Library Elf web-site.


   Who uses Library Elf?
> Anyone who wants to reduce overdues
> Families with children and lots of books
> Individuals with several library cards
> Anyone who requests a lot of holds

What’s delivered by the service?
> Email and/or RSS alerts before items are due
> Email and/or RSS alerts on overdues and holds
> Consolidated list of yours or your family’s library loans and holds
> An easy-to-use calendar view of when your material is due
> Cellphone text message alerts for holds
> Real-time checking by browser

How do I sign-up?
Registering with Library ELF is free and easy (before you do, please read our Privacy Notice & Disclaimer). Keeler LIbrary cardholders simply need to go to, click on ‘Sign Up’, and then just follow the on-screen directions. Be sure that ‘NY-Westchester Library System’ is selected from the drop-down list of libraries, and have your library card handy (you will need the barcode). If you want to receive notifications for other family members, you’ll need their library card barcode numbers, too.

ELF is an independent website not affiliated with the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library.  Westchester Library System has paid for the premium service and this is the library you’ll need to use for registration.

In order to log onto Elf, you may need to enter a PIN.  This number is the same as your WLS account PIN (either the last 4 digits of the telephone number associated with your account, or if you changed this then whatever new number you selected).

How do I ask a librarian a question?
If you have reference questions, want a good book to read, movie to watch or need to know why you owe a fine or any other pertinent questions, please email the library.

Do you lend out tablets or other electronic devices?
Yes we do! We have five Nooks we lend out. They are loaded with books for all ages including new ones. We are happy to load them with a few books you may want to read. They may be checked out for three weeks and are great to take on vacation.
These Nooks were purchased for the library by the Friends of the Library.

How do I register for a program?
Very few of our programs require registration and all of our programs are free.  If registration is necessary, please call or email the library, 914-669-5161, We hope to have online registration set up soon.