Library Policies


The Hastings Public Library is committed to being the lifelong center of our community by providing free and open access to information and ideas. We support the pursuit of knowledge, education, cultural enrichment and love of reading.

To ensure the health and safety of all staff and patrons, the proper care of public property and consideration for all staff and patrons, the Library Board of Trustees has approved a Code of Conduct which is posted in the library.


This library endorses the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights and adheres to the premise that a person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background or views.


Refer to the following chart for loan periods, item limits, and overdue fines. These vary depending on the type of item borrowed:

 Material Loan Period(days) Item Limit Late Fine($)
Express Book (no renewal) 14 none* .25/day
New Book 14 none* .25/day
Book 21 none* .10/day
Book-on-CD 21 20 .25/day
DVD 7 or 14 10 .50/day
Language CD 21 10 .25/day
Music CD 21 20 .25/day

*We reserve the right to limit the number of books borrowed on a specific subject due to school projects.


Reserves (Holds)

All Westchester Public Libraries share circulating materials. If an item is in the WLS catalog, but is unavailable at the Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library, either because it is checked out or because we do not own it, you may reserve the item by placing a hold. Reserved items may be picked up at any WLS library. You will be notified by phone or e-mail when the item arrives.  Reserves can be placed by phone, computer, or by asking at the circulation desk.


Renewal periods depend on the type of item borrowed, but are generally for the same term as the original loan period. Renewals can be placed by phone, computer, or asking at the circulation desk.

Inter-Library Loans

If an item is not available in the catalog, we may be able to find it at a library outside WLS, and borrow it through inter-library loan. Please inquire at the reference desk.


You may return materials when the library is closed (including items borrowed from other WLS libraries). We have a book drop and an audiovisual drop near the entrance to the library and a book drop on Maple Avenue at the bottom of the path leading to the building.

Lost Items

Please report lost or damaged materials. There is a replacement fee.


We collect fines to help keep materials circulating. If your fines reach an unacceptable level, you will not be able to borrow items until the fines are paid.