How to Use the Library

Getting a Library Card

Please note a library card is not generally needed to use resources within the library. You will need a library card if you want to check out resources such as books, e-books, DVDs, CDs, reserve computer time or to use or reserve materials on library websites.


Items you may need to get a library card:

  • A library card application (available at the circulation desk.)

  • Current and valid ID with photo, name and local address

  • Two pieces of current identification, one must include your name and address. These may include personal check; current telephone, gas, electric or cable bill; mail with a current postmark (within 30 days); or Voter’s Registration card (no post box numbers will be accepted).



  • Children under the age of 14 generally need a parent's signature to complete the application process. (They will also need to present an ID with photo, name and address.)

  • People without a permanent address may show proof of residence with a letter certifying their resident status from the social service agency where he or she receives mail. (No post office box numbers will be accepted.)

How to Borrow Items

When borrowing items from the library, please show your library card. Other positive ID (i.e. driver's license) may be used. Parents may show ID to borrow on a child's card, but not on a spouse's card.

Want to borrow an item outside the Ramapo Catskill Library System?

You can search the Southeastern NY Access to Libraries website to search for books in other library systems in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster counties. If you find a book that you would like to borrow, please bring it to our attention so that we can order it for you!



How to Renew Items

All library materials, except for feature film DVD’s, may be renewed when:

  • The item is not overdue

  • No other patron has reserved the item

  • The item has not been renewed twice before


The Tomkins Cove Public Library will no longer be charging fines on our materials, and all outstanding fines on TCL material will be forgiven! Our new policy does not apply to other libraries material though, so be aware of due dates. If an item is overdue and cannot be renewed, your borrowing privileges will be suspended until it is returned. Also, if an item is lost or damaged, you will have to pay to replace it.

When the library is closed, the book drop will be unlocked. Items returned in the book drop before we open will be checked in as if they were returned the previous day (e.g. books returned before 1 p.m. on Friday will be checked in as if they were returned Thursday).