Express Browsing & Public Computer Access:

Browse the Library at your Leisure!

All public library spaces, collections, and technology are available to browse and use except the public meeting rooms.

The Library is allowing 75% capacity in the building for simultaneous browsing. Browsing is available during normal Library hours: 10am – 9pm Monday through Thursday, 10am – 5pm Friday, and 10am – 2pm Saturday.

Please note: no eating will be allowed in the Library. Public restrooms may be used by one person at a time. And most importantly, if you feel sick, we ask that you stay home.

We require patrons wear a mask at all times (except children under 2 years of age or individuals with a medical contraindication). A parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 16 years of age at all times.

Book Clubs for Adults:

Mystery Book Club

Explore the rich diversity of the mystery genre from the earliest examples and Golden Age authors to today’s contemporary sleuths and cozy tales. Please check the Library's Event Calendar for upcoming meetings of the Mystery Book Club and to register for the discussions you want to attend.

Page Turners Book Club

Page Turners Book Club focuses on contemporary adult fiction and nonfiction books. We meet virtually via Zoom every third Wednesday of the month from 6:30pm - 7:30pm on Zoom. To RSVP, please email our librarian, Kara at kconley@cldandj.org for the Zoom meeting link.

Everson Art Book Club

njoy a fascinating art-themed title and join the discussion on Zoom from your computer, tablet, or phone! Presented by the docents of the Everson on the first Tuesday of each even month from 6:30pm - 7:30pm, this social book club is open to adults over the age of 18.

Science Book Club

Each quarter, we will discuss via Zoom different science-centered books from a recommended list, each book a small window onto the same scientific topic. We will take inspiration from the enriching Ologies Podcast, hosted by Alie Ward to guide our topics and focus our discussions.

Notary:

Free notary public services are available most Sundays from 1 PM until 2 PM. Call ahead to make sure Notary Services are available on the date in question, (315) 446-3578.

Meeting Rooms:

Due to the positivity rate increasing to a 5% rolling average in Onondaga County, the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville will be suspending group meeting reservations at the Library as of Friday, October 15, 2021. This follows the lead of other county and city libraries who have suspended meeting room use. We will continue to monitor local COVID rates and will re-open our meeting room reservations for group use as soon as we are able.

Meeting room use for tutoring and quiet study will still be available upon in-person request at the Library. Please inquire with Library staff. Masks are required for the duration of use of meeting rooms since meeting rooms may be used by multiple people from different households each day.

Virtual Meeting Room:

The Library has launched a virtual meeting room for local, nonprofit groups engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual, or charitable activities. Click here to view the Virtual Meeting Room Request Form.

Please read the Library Virtual Meeting Room Policy before submitting your request to determine if your organization qualifies to use the Library’s virtual meeting room. By applying for the use of the Library virtual meeting room, the applicant and organization agree to adhere to all policies stated herein and to the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville Patron Code of Conduct.

The Library Virtual Meeting Room is funded by the Friends of the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville.

Personalized Pick-Up for Kids and Families:

Not sure what to put on hold for the kids? Request a Personalized Pick-Up and our Children’s Librarians will select them for you! We can choose items based on your child’s age, interests, and reading levels. We have materials for ages birth through middle school, so there is something for everyone.

Requests may be made by filling out this Google Form or calling the Library at 315-446-3578. Within 24 to 48 business hours, we will contact you to schedule a time to pick up your personalized bundle during our open hours. If you have more than one child, please fill out one Form per child. Number of items not to exceed 10 total per card per week.

Formats Available for Personalized Pick-Up:

  • Books in several formats including: board books, picture books, readers, graphic novels, nonfiction books, biographies, holiday books, fiction, popular series
  • Audiobooks (CD or Playaway)
  • DVDs
  • CDs

    If you have questions, please contact childrens@CLDandJ.org.

  • 3D Printing on-Demand:

    About

    The Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville is offering a brand new service: 3D Printing on-Demand. Starting on Monday, February 1st OCPL library card holders can request a print on our Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer by completing this Google Form. Requestors choose the color of their print when they submit their request. Currently the Library has black, blue, red or green filament available for patrons. Requests may take up to 7 days to be completed.

    Review the 3D Printing on-Demand Policy.

    3D Print Specifications & Costs

    3D printing is available for the cost of the materials, 5 cents per gram of filament used. All jobs are printed using PLA filament. The print file must be in .stl or .obj format, no larger than 25 MB, smaller than 6 inches cubed, and take less than 5 hours to print. Library staff will be in touch with any questions about the print job. When the print is ready, a library staff member will contact you to schedule a time to pick up your print from the Patio Pick-Up tables. All printing charges will be added to your library account. Balances of $3.00 or more can be paid with a credit card online through your library account.

    Home Delivery Service:

    About

    The Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville offers a free monthly delivery service for all homebound patrons. Any resident of the Library’s service area who is not able to come into the Library because of a temporary or permanent disability and satisfies eligibility criteria is welcome to take advantage of this service. We also welcome new parents to call for this service.

    Who is eligible to participate in the Home Delivery Service?

      You are eligible to participate in our program if:

    1. You live in the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville’s service area
    2. You have a valid OCPL Library Card
    3. You meet at least one of these eligibility criteria:
        - Senior citizens
        - Those with long term illnesses, weakened immune systems, or disabilities that do not allow them to travel to the Library
        - Those with short term illnesses, weakened immune systems, or disabilities that do not allow them to travel to the Library (recovery lasting at least six weeks)
        - New parents for the first six months after childbirth

    How do I apply?

    Complete an online Home Delivery Application Form
    OR print out, complete, and mail the Home Delivery Application Form.

    If our program enrollment is full at the time you apply, we will notify you and place you on a waiting list.

    How do I select library materials?

    Once your registration is approved, one of our outreach liaisons will contact you via phone to discuss your preferences and place requests. You can look up available materials through our online catalog, or you can ask your liaison to help you select materials.

    You may select up to 5 print materials and 3 media items each month per card.

    When will my items be delivered?

    Your items will be delivered to your front door on a monthly basis.
    Items may be renewed, if needed.
    Delivery will be contactless and employees will wear proper Personal Protective Equipment when dropping off items.

    Teen Book Box:

    About

    Every other month we will be offering a special service to teens (grades 5-12): Teen Book Boxes. Due to the health concerns associated with the pandemic, we've replaced the box with a bag for you to keep or discard. Each participant’s bag will feature a new teen book in one of the genres you request and some treats and surprises too.

    You will be notified when your bag is available for pickup. Please return the book and the completed book review slip to be eligible for the next Teen Book Box. Your honest feedback helps us when we are selecting books for you.

    Registration

    Click here to register

    Book Box   
    Month
    Registration Period First Available Date
    (held for 5 days)
    January December 1 - 18 January 15
    March February 1 - 12 March 12
    May April 1 - 16 May 14
    July June 1 - 18 July 16
    September August 1 - 13 September 10
    November October 1 - 15 November 12

    Grab & Go Crafts:

    About

    Bring some library fun home for the kids with our Grab & Go Kits! Each kit is complete with detailed instructions and the necessary materials to complete the project at home. No sign up necessary, kits will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis at our Reference station near the front entrance of the Library.

    Crafts change everty 2 weeks while supplies last. We ask that people take one kit per child.

    Check our Facebook Page

    Kits are intended for Grades K-6. Details about each Grab & Go Kit can be found on our Facebook page on every other Monday.

    Hot tip: Grab & Go Kits are going fast! If you want one, plan to get it Monday or Tuesday.

    Art in the Library:

    2021 Artists Schedule

    Jun: Sharon Bottle Sova
    Jul-Aug: Nives Marzocchi
    Sep-Oct: Joyce Homan
    Nov-Dec: Mark Topp


    Information on our shows can be found in our newsletter and on our social media pages. If you are interested in showing your work, contact Fran Swick at fcacace@CLDandJ.org.

    About the Wendy Scott Art Gallery

    Located in the hallway outside The Vault teen space, the Wendy Scott Art Gallery is dedicated to enriching the experience of our library patrons by providing a space for high-quality art from local working artists in a diverse range of styles, themes, and mediums. The library also offers additional educational opportunities to increase visual literacy and knowledge of art.

    Fiddles, 2011 by Libby Hughes

    Accessibility Services:

    About

    The Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville is committed to providing equal access to all patrons, including those with disabilities, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This guide provides an overview of current accessibility services offered by the CLD&J.
    Download our Accessibility Services informational sheet. (Click here)

    Services & Collections
  • Home Delivery Service Information: for homebound patrons in our service area (Click here)
  • Home Delivery Service Application (Click here)
  • Large Print Library Maps (Click here)
  • Captioning for Library Programs
  • Large Print Collection
  • Audiobook Collection
  • New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (Click here)
  • Accessible eBooks and eAudiobooks (Click here)
  • Social Stories

    The CLD&J has developed a Library Social Story to help prepare children for a visit to our library. A social story is a learning tool that describes social situations through a positive exchange of visual and printed information.​ Our social story was created to promote a positive, safe, and meaningful library visit for all.
    Social Story for Ages 3-6 (Click here)
    Social Story for Ages 6+ (Click here)

    Accessible Features of the Facility

  • Automatic door opener at entrance
  • Varied height service desks
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Elevator
  • Handicapped parking spaces
  • Convenient outdoor seating leading to library entrance

    Available Equipment

  • Merlin Magnifier in the Reading Room (Lower Level)
  • ZoomText Magnifier and Reader in the Reading Room, Computer #5
  • Magnifying Glasses (Available at information desk)
  • Windows 10 Accessibility Features
        most library computers are equipped with accessibility features including:
        - Narrator: a screen reader program and braille support
        - Color filters
        - High contrast themes
        - Magnifier
  • Outreach Services:

    About

    The Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville provides resources and services to individuals, schools, and organizations within our community. Our dedicated staff is interested in providing services to you or your group. Please reach out to our Coordinator for Community Engagement and Outreach, Kara Conley, kconley@CLDandJ.org with any requests or questions.

    Book Clubs

    The Library provides books for book clubs at the local schools and senior living facilities. These services are coordinated through Kara: kconley@CLDandJ.org.
    Local book groups (or clubs) looking for book recommendations or book-related services can contact Brian Abbott for assistance: babbott@CLDandJ.org.

    Past Outreach Events Attended by the Library

  • Syracuse Tech Week : Club Day (Mariott Syracuse Downtown - 2019)
  • John A. Defrancisco Senior Fair (Fairgrounds - 2018)
  • CNY Regional Making & Innovation Conference (LeMoyne College - 2018)
  • AT&T and CNY STEM Hub Camp (LeMoyne College - 2016)
  • TACNY Maker Hall (Nottingham High School - 2016)

    **If your facility or community group is interested in having the Library visit, please contact Kara at kconley@CLDandJ.org.

  • Activities

    Outreach to Senior Living Facilities

    The Library conducts regular visits and book clubs at Menorah Park and the Nottingham, two local senior living communities. For more information, contact Kara at kconley@CLDandJ.org.

    Outreach to Schools and Public Facilities

    The Library plans regular visits to local schools in Jamesville & DeWitt, including public and private schools. In the past, outreach initiatives have included programs at Clark Reservation, Jamesville Beach County Park, Jamesville Penitentiary, Ryder Town Park, and the Town of DeWitt's Annual Canal Day.

    Pop Up Library: Summer 2021

    This summer, the Outreach team is hosting a Pop Up Library program at the Jamesville Food Pantry parking lot on the second Thursday in June, July, and August from 2:00pm-2:30pm, weather permitting. Join us for free WiFi, book giveaways, and more! Family-friendly storytime will be offered at 2:30pm. We encourage you to bring chairs or a blanket to participate in storytime. Please note: there will be no access to restrooms during the Pop Up Library visit.

    Dates & times:
    Thursday, June 10th from 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Thursday, July 8th from 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Thursday, August 12th from 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Living Library:

    About

    This initiative offers programing and informational guides about the natural environment around the library and our local landscape. The programs range from Astronomy and birdwatching to gardening and nature-related craft prjects.

    Policies

    The property surrounding the library is private, however we permit patrons to take advantage of the learning opportunies and enrichment that natural spaces can provide. Please follow our Outdoor Space Policy while visiting the Library and taking advantage of our property.
    Outdoor Space Use Policy

    Programs

    Check our Calendar of Events for current program offerings in the Living Library category.

    Additional Information

  • Solar Panel and Green Roof Informational Flyers
  • Local Birds Poster: in the Gallery
  • Local Wildflower Updates: posted on our Facebook page
  • Local Wildlife Updates : Posted on our Facebook page

  • Local Plants Featured on the Homepage

    American Hophornbeam Fringe Orchid
    Canadian Anemone Lanceleaf Coreopsis
    Cattail Maidenhair Fern
    Chokeberry Paper Birch
    Eastern Cottonwood Sweetgrass
    Eastern White Pine Trillium