Mission, Vision, & Policies


It is the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library’s mission to encourage, promote and support the personal growth, creativity and lifelong learning of the members of our community.


  • To meet the informational and recreational needs of our community
  • Provide a safe environment for entertainment and educational experiences
  • Provide free access to a diverse collection of materials and resources

Borrowing Policies

Loan Periods

Most of our materials are loaned out for two weeks at a time, with fines accumulating past their due date. Some materials may be requested for more than two weeks. No materials may be borrowed if fees exceed $3.00. Reference and local history materials may not be taken out of the library.


Books may be renewed twice at the front desk, over the phone, or from your online library account.  DVDs and games cannot be renewed. You must bring these items in and we will check for holds and then check them back out to you.

Interlibrary Loans

Items can be requested from other libraries within NIOGA through our online catalog. It may be possible for the Library Director to get a book from another library system if we don’t own it. You have 1 week to pick up your hold before it is sent back to the owning library. There is a $1.00 charge for all items not picked up within 1 week. Items from other libraries may have different loan periods, please check your receipt carefully.

Computer usage

Computers at the library are free to use by patrons with a valid library card. Children under the age of 12 cannot use the computers without an adult present. More information can be found here.  The library is not responsible for any personal information (e.g. credit card) that is compromised or for any damage caused to your hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues, or consequences caused by viruses or hacking. All users agree to follow our computer use policy when they log on.

All users are expected to use the library’s computers in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided. Users should not violate federal, New York or local laws, including the transmission of or receiving of child pornography, harmful material, fraud, or downloading copyrighted material.


The library’s Wi-Fi is free and unsecured. Any information being sent or received could be intercepted by another user. We caution you not to transmit credit card information, passwords, or any other sensitive personal information while using any wireless “hot spot.” We suggest all wireless access users have up-to-date virus protection on their computers, tablets, or other wireless devices. Wi-Fi is turned off when the library closes. By using our Wi-Fi, all users agree to follow the library’s Internet use policy.

Meeting room

To reserve our meeting room please fill out an application for approval by the Library Director. Applications must be fully completed, signed by the applicant, and should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. The facility may not be used for sales, purely social purposes, or for the benefit of private individuals or commercial concerns. Furthermore, the meeting room may not be used by tutors except when administering a test or showing a curriculum related movie.

Authorization to use the meeting room does not guarantee sole usage since patrons wishing to use our microfilm, local history materials, or Digital Media Lab may do so. Food and drink are expressly prohibited. All meetings must end by our regular library closing time. The applicant is responsible for compliance with all regulations and must be in attendance at the meeting. The capacity of the room is 20 and may not be exceeded.

Book donations

We accept most used books in good condition. We do not accept textbooks, bibles,  encyclopedias, or Reader’s Digest Condensed Versions. Also damaged, moldy, or smelly items will not be accepted. Of those books that are donated, some may be added into our regular collection. Those we do not add will be sold at the Friends of the Library book sale or used for promotional purposes. There is a 2 box per day limit on donations due to space constraints.

Book drop

The book drop is located outside the library to the right of the doors. It is for books ONLY. There will be a $1.00 charge for any media (audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, games,  etc) placed in the Book Drop. All media must be returned to the library circulation desk.

Lee-Whedon Fee/Fine Structure

Due to COVID-19, no late fines are being charged for items owned by Lee-Whedon at this time. We are still charging for Damaged and Lost items and Media placed in the book drop.

(All amounts are listed per day unless otherwise specified and are for Lee-Whedon owned materials.)

Late Children’s Books 5 cents
Late Adult Books 10 cents
Late Audio-Visual (children and adult) 25 cents
Audio-Visual placed in Book Drop $1.00
Late Games $1.00
Late Magazines NO CHARGE
Damaged Magazine Fee $1.00
Lost Magazine Fee $5.00
Non-Circulating reference (if it goes out) $1.00
Damaged or lost audio book disc $7.99
Damaged or lost processing $1.00
Damaged or lost DVD/CD case $5.00
Damaged or lost AV artwork $5.00
Maximum Fine on all Print material $5.00
Maximum Fine on all Media $10.00

The library accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit/debit cards, cash, and personal checks for overdue fines or lost book payments. Lost items must be paid for in full; we cannot accept payments. If an item is lost or damaged beyond repair, you will be charged the full replacement cost of the item plus any late fees associated with it. We cannot accept replacement items for lost or damaged items.

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