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How Do I

Find out when the Library's open

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday 9 am to 9 pm
Friday 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm
Sunday Closings closed last two Sundays in June through Labor Day

Get to the Library

Liverpool Public Library
310 Tulip Street
Liverpool, New York 13088

Map to Liverpool

Telephone: (315) 457-0310
Fax: (315) 453-7867
Hours and Events Tape: (315) 457-3868
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get a Library card and PIN

Everyone needs a library card! Visit the library to apply for one!

Your library card will give you borrowing privileges at all libraries in the Onondaga County Public Library System and having a PIN will allow you to access online services, use the self-checkout stations, check your account online, and place your own holds.

Already have a card and need a PIN/password? Visit any OCPL public library and a library staff member will be happy to help you in the set-up process. It takes only a moment.

APPLYING FOR A LIBRARY CARD

Cost:
If you live in Onondaga County, the card is free.
If you live outside of Onondaga County, there is a $35 annual fee. If you live outside Onondaga County but own property or attend school in Onondaga County, you can submit an Out-of-County Exemption Form. For more information read the Out-of_County FAQ.

Library Card Registration Policy:

Age 5 - 20: Card issued if you present your own Acceptable Valid I.D.* or you are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who presents Acceptable Valid I.D.*
Age 21+: Card issued when your Acceptable Valid I.D* is presented.

You can save time by signing up for your library card online. You have two weeks to pick up your card. In order to comply with the federal Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) , you must be at least 13 years old to apply for a library card online. If you are under 13 years old, your parent or legal guardian may apply on your behalf. When you come to the library to pick up your card, you will be required to show Acceptable Valid I.D., as described below. If you live outside of Onondaga County, you can pay the $35 fee at this time.

* Forms of Acceptable Valid I.D.:

A) Photo I.D. with current address (drivers license or non-drivers license)

OR

B)Two(2) forms of the following, which together show a current photo and current address

  • Tax receipt
  • Vehicle registration
  • Check book
  • Utility bill
  • Passport
  • Pay stub
  • Work or school I.D. badge
  • bus pass w/address

Find a Book, DVD, CD, Magazine...

  • Click "Library Catalog" in the menu at the top of the page.

Online help

When you're at the library, ask a librarian to help!

When you find an item in the library catalog, you will see a list of Onondaga County libraries that own a copy of this item and whether it's checked in or not.

If the item is out, or at another library, you can request that it be sent to your local library. You will be notified when the item has arrived at your local library.

For magazine and newspaper articles

The library subscribes to many magazines and newspapers. This link also appears in the top menu.

You can also locate full text articles online.

  • Go to "Gale Cengage" - (or click "Research Databases in the top menu, then "Alphabetic List of Databases" to fine Gale Centage).

If you are not at the library, you'll be taken to a brief authentication process: Enter your Liverpool Public Library card barcode and PIN. Click "Submit."

Type in your topic.

Check out a Book, DVD, CD, Magazine...

  • Use the self checkout stations which are located throughout the library, including the children's room. Your library card and PIN are required.
  • Use the MediaBank; items you select from the MediaBank are automatically checked out as they are dispensed. Your library card and PIN are required.
  • The staff at the circulation desk are always happy to help you. Please present your library card.

How many items can I check out?

You may have up to 50 Liverpool items checked out on your library card at a time.

Renew an item

To renew borrowed items online you will need yourlibrary card number and a Personal Identification Number (PIN). The PIN/password protects the security of your library account.

No PIN/password? Visit any OCPL public library and a library staff memberwill be happy to help you in the set-up process. It takes only a moment.

  1. Click "My Account" in the menu at the top left of this page.
  2. Enter your library barcode number in the box marked "Barcode Number," enter your PIN in the other box.
  3. Click Login.
  4. Click the "Items Out" tab. You will then see a list of items you currently have checked out.
  5. Check the box next to the item(s) you want to renew.
  6. Click either "Renew Selected Items" or "Renew all items."
  7. Click "Logout" when you are finished.

You can also call the automated renewal service at (315) 435 1430 and follow the voice prompts.

Reserve/Hold an item

To place a reserve you will need yourlibrary card number and a Personal Identification Number (PIN). The PIN/password protects the security of your library account.

No PIN/password? Visit any OCPL public library and a library staff memberwill be happy to help you in the set-up process. It takes only a moment.

  1. Click "My Account" in the top left of this page.
  2. Enter your library barcode number in the box marked "Barcode Number," enter your PIN in the other box.
  3. Click "Search."
  4. Search for the book you want to reserve (see previous "How Do I" on how to find a book)
  5. Click "Place Hold" below the title you want.
  6. Select your pickup location. ("Patron Library" is where you got your card.) Click "Submit." A confirmation message will appear.
  7. (You may get the message: "Requests are not permitted for this title. Contact the library for assistance." This may mean that the title is a reference item or for one reason or another may not circulate. On the other hand it may mean the item is new and in "Local Holds Only " status. In that case you may still be able to place a hold on it. See * below.)
  8. Click Return to Search Results.
  9. Click "Logout" when you are finished.
  10. You will be notified when the item is at the pickup library.
  11. If you chose to be notified with a phone call, you will get a call from one of the following numbers: 435-1947,435-1429, or 435-1431. 435-1430 is the inbound automated service that you can call for information, and to renew.
  12. If you chose to be notified by email, add This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your "safe list" to make sure you receive it.

* To place a hold on any item in "Local Holds Only" status, go back to your search results.
Click "Find It" to get a list of owning libraries.
Find a library that owns the book. Remember the name of the owning library.
Login to your account. Enter your barcode number and PIN.

Change your pickup library to the name of the library that owns the book you want.

Click Submit Request.
This means you will have to travel to that library to pick up the item. If there are requests ahead of you, you will be told how many. You will be asked if you still want to place the request.

You can manage your hold requests at any time using the "My Account" tab at the top right of the Polaris catalog.

To see the items you have on hold

If you are not logged in to Polaris, follow login steps above, then:

  1. Click the "My Account" tab at the top center of the page.
  2. Click "Holds. "
  3. Click "Logout" when you are finished.

To cancel a hold

  1. Click the box next to the item to place a check mark in the box
  2. Click "Cancel Request. "
  3. Click Logout when you are finished.

Hold Status terms:

Active - Your request for the item is active. The library you designated for pick-up will receive the item when it is available.
Inactive- Your request for an in-system item has been placed butwill not take effect until a future date. For an out-of-system item, the library must review the request before it is sent.
Pending - The item has been requested for you, but the loaning library has not sent it yet.

Shipped - The item is on its way from the loaning library to your pick-up library.
Held - The item you requested has been located and you can expect a notification that it is available for pick up.
Cancelled - The request was cancelled.
Received- An out-of-system ("interlibrary loan") item is in the pick-up library and is ready for you tocheck out. (After you check out an interlibrary loan item the requestis no longer displayed.)
Not-supplied - There are no items to fill your request.

Find out What's New

Would you like to know when we get a new book by your favorite author? Do you want to be informed right away when we get a new Jazz CD? Now you can! The Polaris catalog will let you save your searches. The searches will run automatically, regularly updating you with new results sent via email.

To save a search, log in to your library account.

Do a keyword, phrase, or advanced search. When the results appear, click "Save Search link."
Fill out the boxes on the Save Search form:

Search name - Type a name to identify the search.
Note - Type a brief phrase to help you remember details about the search (optional).
E-mail results to - Type an e-mail address to receive the results.
E-mail format - Select the format you prefer, html or plain text.
E-mail if no results - Check the box if you want to receive an e-mail even if the search returns no new results.
Search frequency - Specifies how often the saved search is run: once a week or once a month. Select "Suspend" if you want to save the search to use later, but do not want results at this time.
Number of times to run - Type the number of times that the saved search should be run.

Click the "Save Search" button. The saved search will appear on the left side of the page.

To edit a saved search
Click its name in the "Saved Search" area. Make any changes, then click the "Save Search" button.

To delete a saved search
Click the red X next to the search name.

Research a topic

Our Reference Staff will be happy to help you find what you need. You can ask your question in person, on the phone, or even online. Explore a Topic " in the menu above.

Volunteer at LPL

The Liverpool Public Library values the role of volunteers andviews them as an important resource in meeting the Library's mission. Opportunities are varied and some are seasonal, but every volunteer hour is very much appreciated.

Student Community Service Volunteers:

  • For those who need community service volunteer hours for government class, National Honor Society, or for organizations such as church, Boy Scouts, etc.
  • Must be a Liverpool resident in 9th - 12th grades.
  • Volunteer begins by signing up for a mandatory two-hour training session through the online events calendar.
  • Training sessions are held monthly from September through May.
  • Contact the Personnel Department at 457-0310, ext. 106, for more information.

The following volunteers should use our online volunteer application form

General Volunteer

  • Must be 19 years and older.

Computer Coach

  • Must be 19 years and older.

Support LPL

Thanks for asking! There are many ways to support the library—donate, sign up to become a volunteer—the possibilities are endless. Find out more !

Reserve a meeting room

We have two meeting rooms available for public use by Non-profit organizations.

Find out how you can reserve a meeting room by phone, or by using our online reservation system.

Find events and classes

  • Click "Calendar of Events" in the menu on the left or "Programs and Classes" in the menu at the top.
Adult Programs brown
All ages orange
Business Programs gold
Children green
Computer classes blue
Family Programs red
Public Meetings black
Teen Programs purple
  • Mouseover or click an event title to get specific details. Online registration is available for many of our programs.
  • Click the Search Slider button in the upper left to look for specific programs. You can search by keyword, type of program, or instructor.

Want to hear about upcoming programs by email?

Just enter your email on this page then check the boxes to let us know what types of programs interest you.

Reserve a computer

To use one of our public computers, you may wish to make a reservation. You can do that in person at the library, or you can call us at (315) 457-0310.
When you call, please let us know what you need to do, so we can assign you to the correct computer.

We require our computer users to have a current Onondaga County library card. Please bring your card. If you don't have one, we'll help you get one.

It's also possible to get a "guest pass" if you are visiting the area from out-of-town.

Find a magazine article

The library subscribes to many magazines and newspapers .

  • Click on the menu item above to see a complete list of our holdings.

You can also locate full text articles online.

  • Click "Research Databases" in the menu above.
  • Click the category labelled "Magazines and Journals" and select one of the databases that is relevant to your topic

If you are not at the library, you'll be taken to a brief authentication process:

  • Enter your Liverpool Public Library card barcode. Click "Submit."
  • Type in your topic and folow the directions on the screen.

Ask our reference staff if you need help.

Ask a librarian

Our Reference Staff will be happy to help you find what you need. You can ask your question in person, on the phone, or even online. How to contact us.

Find an obituary

Local obituaries can be found at the Syracuse Post-Standard website .

For other obituaries:

  • Click "Research Databases" in the menu above.
  • Click. "Newsbank."
  • Click "America's Newspapers."

If you are not at the library, you'll be taken to a briefauthentication process:

  • Enter your Liverpool Public Library card barcode.
  • Click "Submit."
  • Type in the name of the person you are looking for.
  • Click "Search."

Learn about local history

Our Local History reference collection features resources about the Village of Liverpool and the Liverpool Central School District. In addition to a core collection of books, we offer unique resources such as our Liverpool Legends video local history series, a large collection of Liverpool Central School District yearbooks, and our historic photographs.The Liverpool Review on microfilm (1942-current) is available at the Central Library and at the Liverpool Village Museum.

Connect with wireless

We offer wireless Internet network access.

SSID: "LPL Public Wireless" 

Your computer's wireless card should automatically scan for available networks and connect to the strongest signal.
Connect with Wireless provides more information on connection details and troubleshooting tips.

Apply for a passport

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If you are a United States citizen and do not yet possess a United States Passport Book or Passport Card, you may now apply for a passport at the Liverpool Public Library. Appointments are required.

The U.S. Passport book is a globally accepted travel document regardless of mode of travel.

The U.S. Passport Card is a wallet-size card that can only be used for land and sea travel between the United States, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.

Appointments are required; call (315)457-0310 ext 102 to make an appointment.

Appointments are available:

Monday through Thursday • 10am - 7pm

Fridays and Saturdays • 10am - 2pm

For more details regarding United States passports, visit the US Department of State website

CHECKLIST: The following documentation is required to begin the application process:

  • Official State-issued birth certificate (abstracts and hospital certificates are not accepted), expired United States Passport or naturalization certificate
  • State-issued photo identification
  • One check or money order for the application fee made payable to U.S. Department of State
  • A second check or money order (or cash) for the $25 execution fee, made payable to Liverpool Public Library
  • Two passport photos - The Liverpool Public Library does not take passport photos.
    Locations that take passport photos for a small fee include
    Rite-Aid:703 Old Liverpool Road • (315)451-2765 and
    Rite-Aid 7398 Oswego Road, Liverpool • (315)451-3218
  • Application forms - Available online or at the library.

Processing Times are generally 4-6 weeks for routine service, 2-3 weeks for expedited service. Check online for the most current info.

5-7 days after your application has been submitted you may check the status online.

Please visit the Department of State for information regarding applicants under the age of 16.

FEES FOR ADULT APPLICANTS (16 Years & Older)

  • Adult Passport Book & Card • $140 plus $25 Execution Fee
  • Adult Passport Book • $110 plus $25 Execution Fee
  • Adult Passport Card • $30 plus $25 Execution Fee

FEES FOR MINOR APPLICANTS (Under Age 16)

  • Minor Passport Book & Card • $95 plus $25 Execution Fee
  • Minor Passport Book • $80 plus $25 Execution Fee
  • Minor Passport Card • $15 plus $25 Execution Fee
  • Check or money order for the application fee is made payable to U.S. Department of State. The check or money order (or cash) for the execution fee of $25 is made payable to Liverpool Public Library.

Please note: U.S. Passport fees are standardized. Every passport acceptance agency charges a $25 execution fee.

Additional Fees:

  • Expedite Fee (per passport) • $60
  • Overnight Delivery  • $14.85

Get Help with eBook downloads

To download eBooks, you will need an email address and an OCPL library card with PIN. Additional credentials and equipment may be required, depending on your type of ereader device. Review the checklist and find out more about downloading eBooks at http://www.lpl.org/enjoy-a-book/e-books

If you find that you need some extra help checking out and downloading these materials, request a one-on-one 30 minute session with a librarian.

Appointments for one-on-one download help are required: call (315)457-0310 ext 139

Appointments are available: Monday through Friday • 10am – 5:30 pm

Find a Notary Public

The library has one notary on staff.  Please call ahead (457-0310) to make sure the notary is present. There is no charge for this service.

 

The purpose of a Notary Public is to act as an impartial witness as he or she certifies signatures. All signers must be present and provide photo identification. Documents must be signed in the presence of the Notary. A Notary cannot give advice or instruction regarding documents to be notarized and will not be involved in any transaction that the Notary believes to be false, deceptive or fraudulent.

Suggest a title for the library's collection

Recommend a Title

Use this form to recommend a title for our collection. Before submitting a suggestion, please consider the following:

  • Check the Polaris Online Catalog before making your suggestion. Please suggest only titles not currently in the catalog.
  • You may also request a book not held by the Library through Interlibrary Loan. Ask in person at the Information Desk in the library for more information.
  • Because of the number of requests that we receive, we cannot respond individually to each suggestion. Please check the catalog for new titles. You can subscribe to an RSS feed to be informed when new titles are added to the catalog, or view a weekly summary of new titles by looking at the "Newest Arrivals" box in the right column of LPL.org

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