UPDATE: (08/24/2021)

Library’s Plans for New School Year

As the new school year begins, we would like to wish all the students in our community a very successful academic year.

We understand these are very difficult and uncertain times for students and parents, with rules and expectations seeming to constantly change. To help you plan out your year, we wish to share with you the rules that the Library is currently operating under, and their implications.

Unlike the schools, NYS rules for libraries require us to ensure (and allow sufficient space for) six feet of social distancing for all visitors. This dramatically impacts our capacity (it is reduced by almost 66 percent) and also the furnishings that we can make available. To ensure adequate spacing there need to be fewer reading chairs, tables, study carrels and public PCs.

In a normal year we are able to welcome large numbers of students to the Library during the after-school period and provide a safe environment where they can meet their friends, do homework and work together in groups on projects. Unfortunately, we cannot accomodate that at this time because of the Pandemic.
Our hope is that the situation will improve and the regulations will ease. In the meantime we will do our best to ensure that the Library remains accessible to everyone in a safe and responsible way.

It is our belief that, by working together, we can help to keep our students, community members and staff safe, while providing access to the Library’s academic resources, books, DVDs, audiobooks and CDs. Our initial plan is to keep our doors open and to carefully monitor the situation. If it turns out that it is not possible to maintain open doors in a safe and responsible way, we will develop an alternate plan for allowing access to the building and share it with the community.

We would also remind you that the Library subscribes to many wonderful digital resources for students that are free for all patrons, including tutor.com (one-on-one real time tutoring), learning express (SAT prep) and Kanopy for Kids (educational videos). Detailed information on these services is available at students.mountpleasantlibrary.org. We will also be looking to run a slate of programs this fall for children and teens, either inhouse or remotely (depending upon the circumstances). Full details of all our programming is available at www.mountpleasantlibrary.org

UPDATE: (08/16/2021)

In light of the changes in the CDC guidelines, masks are now required for all staff and visitors in the Library.

UPDATE: (07/07/2021)

The Board of Trustees met on Thursday, July 1 and agreed to changes in the library mask policy as follows:

  • Masks are recommended for all in the building
  • Masks are required for the unvaccinated 
  • Masks are required for all children and adults in the Children's Room
  • Children are not required to wear masks outside where 6ft of social distancing can be maintained
  • 6ft of social distance will continue to be required for all

For more information on our services, please click here.

UPDATE: (06/22/2021)

The Board of Trustees met on Thursday, June 17 and agreed to increase browsing hours at the Main Library on June 28th. 

Beginning June 28, the Main Library will be open for browsing Mon-Thur from 10am-8pm and Fri-Sat from 10am-5pm. Limited services will also be reintroduced at that time, and will include printing, public computers, and single-person tables for study and wifi access.

At this time, masks will continue to be required both inside and at outdoor programs. This policy will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Library Board and any updates will be posted here.

For more information on our services, please click here.

UPDATE: (05/06/2021)

The Board of Trustees, at their April 29 meeting, agreed to start browsing services at the Main Library on May 17

The plan is to gradually restore pre-Covid hours of services at the Main Library: as a first step the Library will be open for browsing from 10am-1pm Monday through Friday.

For more information on our services, please click here.

UPDATE: (04/15/2021)

At a special meeting on April 8, the Library Board agreed to the following.

Browsing Service at the Branch
Browsing will resume at the Branch Library (with capacity restrictions and social distancing) on Monday, April 19.
The browsing schedule will be:
  • Monday through Thursday; 10am – 5pm
  • Friday; 10am – 2pm
Curbside and Browsing Services at the Main Library
The Board agreed to commit to full-time curbside services at the Main Library through the end of April. They will meet again on April 29 to discuss the possibility of introducing a hybrid model (part browsing, part curbside) during the month of May
Quarantining of Materials
In light of recent announcements by the FDA, it was agreed to reduce the length of time that materials are quarantined from five days to three days, effective Monday, April 19
The Board approved outdoor story-times (if conditions permit) during the month of May

UPDATE: (03/25/2021)

Since the beginning of the Pandemic, the Library has been committed to offering services in a responsible, safe, and sustained manner. In May of 2020 the Library Board developed a detailed Building Reopening Plan. Each month since then the Board has met to review the current situation and to make decisions about the level of services to offer, within the framework of that plan.

At its latest meeting, on March 18, the Board noted that there were positive trends that favored the resumption of browsing, but also negative trends that are a cause of concern.

The increased level of vaccination among residents is a positive development, as is the gradual reopening of many aspects of society (for example, the reopening of movie theaters, gyms moving to full capacity, schools looking to operate at full capacity). Additionally, on March 17 Library staff were made eligible for the vaccination.

On the other hand, the plateauing of the level of Covid-19 transmission in Westchester County at the level seen in mid-to-late November (roughly 4% positivity and approximately 400 positive cases a day) remains a cause for concern. After six weeks of decline, the level seems to have stabilized over the past two weeks.

In addition to concerns about safety that this level of Covid-19 creates, this development also presents a dilemma for the Library. Our contactless (curbside) service is very popular among our patrons and last September, with lower levels of community transmission (approximately 1% positivity and 40 positive tests per day), many patrons requested that the Library maintain the curbside program. Unfortunately, given the guidelines on social distancing and the layout of the Library, it is not possible for the Library to safely offer browsing and curbside services at the Main Library at the same time. Therefore, any move towards browsing will necessarily lead to a reduction in curbside services.

Taking all these factors into account, the Board agreed that it would like to begin a program of phased browsing services in mid-April, but this will be dependent upon the level of Covid-19 in the community being at an acceptable level.

The Board will have a special meeting on Thursday, April 8 to determine if circumstances support a re-opening. If they do, a date will be announced for the resumption of browsing services at the Branch so that the following phased program can begin:
1. Limited browsing at the Branch, full curbside at the Main Library
2. Limited browsing at the Branch, part-time browsing and part-time curbside at the Main Library
3. A gradual return to full-time browsing at both locations, with the feasibility of maintaining curbside services to be determined based upon prevailing conditions

UPDATE: (12/21)

Schedule Alert: As a result of a positive Covid-19 test, the Library is closed today (Monday, December 21) to allow for cleaning. Curbside service will be resumed tomorrow.

UPDATE (11/23)

The Library Board of Trustees has announced that the Browsing at the Branch service will be temporarily suspended due to the recent increase in the number of local Covid cases. The final session of browsing will be Wednesday, November 25. While no date has been set for the resumption of browsing services, the Board and the administrative staff will continue to monitor the situation and are committed to restoring the service when they believe it can be done in a safe and responsible manner.

Curbside services will remain in place. The hours at the Main Library (including four evenings a week and Saturdays) will not change: the hours at the Branch Library will be expanded so that patrons will have the opportunity to safely pick-up materials five days a week. Telephone reference service will continue to be offered six days a week: the suspension of fines will also remain in place.

In addition, the Board approved utilizing a grant of $50,000 from the Virginia Odell Legacy to purchase additional copies of eBooks and eAudiobooks for the holiday season. The Library's lending of eMaterials has doubled since the Pandemic began and these extra purchases will help ensure that the Library's collection can meet the demands of its patrons.

UPDATE (10/21)

At our Board meeting this month we reviewed our current range of services and agreed that we will focus on the following services for the next month.

Curbside Lending
This service continues to be very popular and it is also a service that we were asked (during the public survey) to maintain during the pandemic. Since we introduced this contactless service back in June we have tried to improve it by making easier to use and more accessible to our patrons.
We have expanded the hours it is offered, the locations (it is now available at both the Branch and Main Libraries) and we have also introduced a pick-up on demand option. The latest upgrade is the introduction of Book and DVD bundles. These are hand-picked bags of materials that patrons, of all ages, can request via our website or over the phone. For more information please click here.

We are now in week three of this service at the Branch. Access to the Library is by reservation: however, so far demand has not been very heavy and we have been able to accommodate walk-ins.
The service is currently being offered three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). Our plan is to continue to monitor the demand for this service, and if the demand warrants it, look to add extra sessions.

Digital Services
We offer a wide range of services through our various digital partners including eBooks, eaudiobooks, current magazines and newspapers, streaming TV and films, downloadable and streaming music and a number of educational offerings (such as Tutor.com). Demand, particularly for eBooks, is up dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic and we are looking into ways to make sure that the material we make available is equal to that demand.

We are offering a range of virtual programs through our website. The goal over the fall for our programming team is to put together a package of programs that our patrons, young and old, find attractive and rewarding.
We are also going to try – if the weather cooperates – to offer some popup children’s programs over the fall. For more information on this please click here.

UPDATE (10/6)

Browsing services are now available at the Branch Library. Our collections there include children's, teens, DVDs, audiobooks and new adult fiction and nonfiction. Access is by appointment only: to schedule an appointment all you need to do is call us at (914) 769-0548. The service is available from 9am-1pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and from 3-7pm on Wednesday. 

Our curbside lending program continues, with new enhancements:

If you have any questions about any of our services, we are available at 769-0548 six days a week: from 9am-9pm Monday through Thursday, and from 9am-5pm on Friday and Saturday.

UPDATE (9/21)

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our survey (please click here for a summary). There was a very large response and our reading of the results is that our patrons have two clear desires. In the first place, our curbside lending program is very popular and people would like to see it continue for the duration of the pandemic. Secondly, there is a strong wish to see the resumption of browsing at the Library.

This illustrates very well the wide range of sensitivity that people have to the Covid Pandemic. Essentially, some of our patrons wish to avoid entering the Library and would like to be able to continue to access our material through a contactless service, whereas others would like to be able to come back into the library. In response to this, we believe that we need to create a blend of services that respects the needs of each group.

To that end, the Board has approved moving the Library into Phase 4 of our Building Reopening Plan (please click here to see the Plan), and instructed the administrative staff to create a balanced, hybrid service model that will allow the Library to continue to offer a first-class curbside service, but that will also will allow patrons the opportunity the enter our libraries in order to browse our collections.

There are some challenges in this approach. We will need to address how we can provide the space required for browsing while maintaining the space needed for our successful curbside program to continue (in order to run the program, while respecting the instructions on employee health and safety from New York State, we have had to station staff and house materials in the public areas of the Library). We will also need to address the issue of how our materials are handled: the survey showed that the quarantining of material is very important to a large number of our patrons.

As the vast majority of curbside lending (approximately ninety-five per cent last month) is at the Main Library, it will be more practical to begin our browsing program at the Branch Library: our target date for rolling out this service is the week of October 5. While we are preparing the Branch for browsing, we will also be working on reconfiguring workflows, reviewing storage of materials, and developing a new plan for materials handling at the Main Library. Our goal over the next four weeks is to get the Main Library to a point where the Board of Trustees are in a position to approve the resumption of browsing services at their October 15 meeting.

Finally, in addition to continuing to offer the other services that we have been providing since the beginning of the pandemic, including digital services (downloadable books and audiobooks, streaming films and TV series), phone/email reference and circulation support, and virtual programming, we are also planning some pop-up outdoor story-time sessions over the next month (please keep an eye on our website and our e-Newsletter for more on this).

UPDATE (8/21)

The Library is currently offering a range of services, both virtual and in-person, that includes digital services (downloadable books and audiobooks, streaming films and TV series), phone/email reference and circulation support, virtual programming and contactless (curbside) loans of materials from our collection of books, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines. Our digital download and streaming services are available all day, every day, and our curbside lending program is being offered at both the Main Library and Branch Library. Across the two locations this curbside lending program is available six days a week, including four evenings; our staff are also available to assist patrons six days a week.

The range of services that is now available is significantly wider than that offered at the beginning of the pandemic. This is by design: since the pandemic began, our strategy has been to try to offer services in a safe and sustainable manner and to gradually expand the services offered as the external environment has improved. We hope to be able to continue this pattern in the fall.

Although we have been able to increase the services we are offering, this fall will be unlike any other fall the Library and the community have experienced. Instead of the normal activities at the Library as we welcome hundreds of students back from the summer recess, the Library’s buildings will be closed and schools will be rolling out a mixed at-home and in-school hybrid learning model. Although we will not be able to welcome students back into our buildings, we will be providing services to support their academic efforts. In particular, we are delighted to be able to say that we will be providing free access to the award winning Tutor.com for all five thousand plus students in our community. We will be releasing more information on our back to school initiatives as we get closer to the new school year.

In the meantime, Library staff and trustees will be busy designing an Autumn Plan of Service. Our hope is that the success New York State has seen in managing the Covid-19 Pandemic will continue and that we will be able to continue to grow the range of services we offer and to make our collections, staff and facilities more accessible to the community. As part of this planning process we will be launching an online community survey shortly: we would very much appreciate your participating in this survey.

The Library’s September Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 17. At that meeting decisions about services for the fall will be made. In the meantime, we would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable end of summer - and, to all our students, our best wishes for the new school year.

UPDATE (7/31)

Starting Tuesday, August 4, staff members will be available at the Branch Library in Valhalla for holds pickup. Library service hours will be: Tuesday & Thursday - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The return drop at the Branch will be open during those service hours.

UPDATE (7/25)

At the July Board meeting it was agreed that we would expand curbside services to the Branch Library. There is a Covid-19 related problem at the Recreation Center this week, but we hope to be able to get into the building next week to begin preparations.

It was also agreed to keep the Library running from 9am-5pm on Saturdays during the summer (we traditionally have closed at 2pm)

UPDATE (7/14)

Today we upgrade our curbside service to include "on-demand" pickup. This service is proving to be very popular and we hope that this upgrade will make it even more accessible to our patrons. Full details of the service are available here

Also, there is a board meeting scheduled for this Thursday at 7pm. At that meeting the Board will be discussing next steps in the Library's reopening process.

UPDATE (6/24)

Our curbside service has proven to be very popular. Starting next week, we will be expanding the hours of service (adding evenings and Saturday). The full schedule will be posted on the front page of our website. Full details of the service are available here

UPDATE (6/12)

Curbside service set to begin Monday, June 15. The Library is pleased to offer contactless curbside service for patrons to be able to pick up materials from the Mount Pleasant Public Library collection. (At this time holds on materials from other libraries in the Westchester Library System are not possible.) 

You will be able to call the library or place a hold online (only MTP material currently available)  and then wait for a call from us to schedule a pickup time.

For more details, please click here

UPDATE (6/6)

The Book and A/V drops at the Main Library are now open*. 

We plan to begin offering "contactless" services (aka curbside) the week of Monday, June 15. Our staff will be preparing for this service next week.

We are finalizing the details. When we are ready we will issue a guide to the service. In the meantime, if you have any questions please call us on our main number (914-769-0548), from 9am-6pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday, and 1pm-5pm Sunday, and a staff member will be happy to assist.  

* For safety reasons, material will be quarantined for 72 hours. That means it will take a few days for us to be able to check items in. Please do not be concerned: all fines are currently suspended so you will be not be liable for the material you return  regardless of the date it is technically checked in.

UPDATE (5/29)

The Library Board will be meeting on Thursday (June 4) to review detailed plans for bringing staff back to the Library and the introduction of contact-less services (aka curbside).

The current timeline is to have staff begin to report back on June 8 and to introduce the new services on June 15.

UPDATE (5/22)

Last night the Library's Board of Trustees adopted a Covid-19 Pandemic: Building Reopening Policy. We are currently working on implementing Phases 2 and 3 of that policy: bringing staff back to the building and offering contactless service.

Our hope is to be able to begin the contactless service in mid-June. We will be issuing weekly updates on our progress.

UPDATE (5/17)

The New York State PAUSE Program has been extended for Westchester County through May 28. The Library remains closed until further notice.

UPDATE (4/30)

While the Library remains closed until further notice, you can now reach a librarian directly via phone. To reach a librarian dial the library phone number 914-769-0548 and select "0" between the hours of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. If you call and the line is busy you can leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. As always, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and a librarian will get back to you within 24 hours.

We are also offering a number of new virtual programs online in the month of May and hope that you will join us for Storytimes, read alouds, book chats, book clubs, trivia nights and more! Visit our calendar to learn more and to register: MPPL Virtual Programs

UPDATE (4/23)

The New York State PAUSE Program has been extended through May 15. The Library remains closed until further notice.

UPDATE (4/06)

The New York State PAUSE Program has been extended through April 29. The Library remains closed until further notice.

UPDATE (3/30)

In light of the extension of the New York State PAUSE Program, effective March 30 the Library is closed until further notice.

UPDATE (3/24)

Effective immediately, Library staff are available to assist you Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

There are currently two ways to reach a staff member.

1/ Call the Library at (914) 769-0548, select option “0”, and leave a voice message after the prompt. One of our librarians will call you back.

2/ Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UPDATE (3/19)

In the interests of transparency, the Library is sharing the following.

We have just learned that, during the week of March 9, a family member of an employee was at a work event with a person who subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus.

The employee was present in the Main Library during this week. Both the employee and the family member are asymptomatic and the employee is not under a quarantine order.

If you have any concerns, please contact your doctor or the Westchester County Department of Health for advice.

UPDATE (3/17)

The Library is closed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

During this time, we recommend you make use of our digital resources. We have eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, TV, films and more available. All of our services are accessible through our homepage (under the "eContent" tab).

If have question or need assistance, there are two ways to get in touch with us.

  • You can call the Library at (914) 769-0548, select option “0”, and leave a voice message after the prompt. One of our librarians will call you back.
  • Alternately, you can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will be monitoring both the voicemail and email from 10am-4pm Monday through Friday.

Please note: If you currently have materials checked out, please hold onto them until the library reopens. Both book drops are closed. Fines will be waived for all materials checked out at this time.

Finally, here are some tips and resources to help you:

• It is recommended that you regularly wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, make use of hand sanitizers and try not to touch your face

• It is also recommended that you must cover your mouth and nose whenever coughing or sneezing

• There are other recommendations on how to stay healthy, and help other people stay healthy, on the CDC coronavirus web-site: we recommend you visit it at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

• Up-to-date information from the Village of Pleasantville is available at https://www.pleasantville-ny.gov/

• Up-to-date information from the Town of Mount Pleasant is available at https://www.mtpleasantny.com/

• The New York State coronavirus hotline is (888) 364-3065

UPDATE (3/13)


All programs taking place at the Mount Pleasant Public Library have been canceled as of Friday, March 13. We will notify those registered if/when the programs are rescheduled.

Museum Passes:

Many museums are closing temporarily in response to COVID-19. We are therefore suspending our Museum Pass Lending Program until museums reopen. Please check back with us for a date when we will resume this popular program. Thank you for your patience.


Starting Friday, March 13, 2020, libraries in the Westchester Library System will suspend all intralibrary and interlibrary loans for the foreseeable future. As several of our communities are now compromised by COVID-19, and very little is known definitively about how long the virus lives on nonporous surfaces, we believe it is in the best interest of our staff, patrons and the public health of the County to take this step immediately. This means our patrons will no longer be receiving holds from other libraries and our library will no longer be sending our items to others.

Digital Services

As always, Mount Pleasant Public Library Cardholders have access to a wide variety of digital services that can be accessed from home. Download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines, and stream music, films, and BBC shows all from the comfort (and safety) of your homes. View our services and tutorials under the eContent tab on our website: mountpleasantlibrary.org.

Please note: Going forward fines will be waived for patrons returning materials late during this time.

March 12

This is a difficult and challenging time for us all. We place a very high priority on making the Library a safe and accessible place for our patrons and staff. To that end, I would like to share some of the actions we are taking in response to the coronavirus crisis, and also some suggestions on actions you can take.

Our actions

• We are communicating with our local officials and monitoring information from authoritative sources such as the CDC

• We have increased levels of cleaning at both locations with a focus on high-touch areas such as door handles

• There are hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes available at both libraries

• We have removed toys and games from the Childrens’ Areas in both libraries

• We have temporarily suspended programming

What you can do to stay healthy and to help your fellow patrons

• If you do not feel well, do not visit the library. If you have items due, please call us and we will work with you

• We have many wonderful e-Resources which can be accessed from your home. Visit our website to learn more

• It is recommended that you regularly wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, make use of hand sanitizers and try not to touch your face

• It is also recommended that you must cover your mouth and nose whenever coughing or sneezing

• There are other recommendations on how to stay healthy, and help other people stay healthy, on the CDC web-site: we recommend you visit it

• If you need information on Coronavirus, the County number is 211 and the State hotline is (888) 364-3065

Finally, this is a fluid situation. There will likely be many developments and we will be issuing updates whenever appropriate.