Library Cards

Library cards are free of charge to residents with photo identification. Residents may download and print an application (Library Card Application) or pick one up at the Sidney Memorial Public Library or one of the branches. A valid library card can be used at any of the 42 libraries in the Four County Library System (from Binghamton all the way to Cooperstown). It can also be used on 4cls.org to place holds and renew items online, and to borrow e-books and audiobooks through the Overdrive or Libby app.

Placing Holds

If the item you are looking for is not available at our library, a hold can be placed on it. We will then call or email you when it is ready to be picked up. Holds can be placed in person, over the phone, or online at 4cls.org.

To place a hold online, you will need your library card # and your PIN #. If you do not know your PIN #, please contact the library. Once you find the item you want, choose the “Place Hold” option. Enter your information and choose a pick-up library location.

Public Access Computers

Patrons with a valid library card may use the public access computers for 1 hour per day. The system will log you off automatically when your time is over. Be sure to save your work.

While the system keeps track of the time you spend on the library computers, it will not monitor or record your activities.

public computers – free with your library card

Printing

Patrons may print from the public computers. When ‘Print’ is clicked, the system will display a job number, the total number of pages to be printed and the total fee.

Printing costs:

$.25 per page for black and white
$.50 per page for color

Pay for your pages at the circulation desk first and library staff will send your print job to the printer.

WiFi

The Library provides free wireless Internet to patrons during library hours. Connect to “sidpub”, accept the terms, and get started.

Copy Machine

Black and white copies are $.25 per page.

Fax Service

Faxing costs $1.00 per page for both sending and receiving. There is no charge for the cover page. If you would like to receive a fax, our number is: 607.563.7675.

In 1996 the library added the Fred and Irene Smart Community Room with generous donations from their trust and estate funds. The room is available to the community during library hours and should be reserved ahead of time.

Booking the Room

Cost

There is a $10 fee for non-profit groups whose address resides in the Sidney School District and whose primary function is to serve the Sidney Community.

Non-profit organizations that reside outside the Sidney School District will pay a fee of $20 for the Smart Community Room.

For-profit organizations will pay a fee of $50 for the Smart Community Room.

Payment must be made one week prior to the event. Final approval of the room reservation will occur upon receipt of payment.

The library reserves the right to assess a custodial charge subject to the nature of the program.

Scheduling

Groups can reserve the room no more than twice per month.

The meeting areas are available during library-staffed hours unless special arrangements are made.

Meetings and setup for meetings can begin no earlier than one half hour before library opens. Meetings should end fifteen minutes before the library closes unless special arrangements are made.

Reservations are on a first come, first served basis.

Genealogy

Digital Archive of Local Sidney Papers

The Sidney Memorial Public Library is happy to announce that the first part (1882 – 1936) of a project to digitize the local Sidney papers currently stored on microfilm at the Sidney Historical Association is completed. You can access the Digital Archive here or by clicking on this button anywhere on our site:

The papers included in the full project are the Sidney Record, Sidney Enterprise, and the Tri-Town News. The Sidney Record began publishing a weekly paper in December 1882. The Sidney Enterprise ran concurrently with the Sidney Record from 1914 – 1958. In 1968 the Sidney Record merged with the Bainbridge News to form the Tri-Town News, which remained the local paper until it closed in December of 2018.

To fund the project the Friends of the Sidney Libraries and the Sidney Central Schools Alumni Association provided the match to an O’Connor Foundation grant that the library received.