Reference Librarians review and select materials for the Library guided by the Material Selection Policy of the library. These materials include books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and other resources in both traditional print and non-print formats.

Non-print formats are a growing portion of our collection. Non-print materials include electronic resources, such as research databases and downloadable e-books in text format, as well as our traditional audiovisual materials, which include audiobooks, music on CDs, feature films, and non-fiction DVDs.

  Audiovisual and Downloadable Materials

8 Visit our Digital Collections page to access downloadable books, audiobooks, music, movies, and more!

Audiobooks are available in the library on disc/CD format. Music CDs represent many popular genres from classical to Broadway to Hip Hop. Enjoy movies and television shows by borrowing DVDs and Blu-rays.

Video Games can be checked out by all WHPL adult patrons 18 years of age and older. Teens in grades 6-12 can borrow video games once their parent/guardian has filled out a permission slip.

Only one (1) video game is allowed per family or per single adult. To see what we have in our catalog, use the keyword search, combining “video game” with the type of game: PlayStation or Wii or Xbox and limit your search for “West Hempstead”.

We offer educational and informational materials on both adult and children levels in multimedia formats. Look for our language instruction materials, which are available in the audio and ESL collections.

Especially for children in grades 5 and younger, parents can check out a Playaway View or Launchpad.  Playaway Views are pre-loaded video players with topics ranging from popular television shows to curriculum support.  Launchpads are pre-loaded tablets filled with educational games that don’t require an internet connection.  Each device is checked out with a charging cable and have a universal audio jack for headphone use.

 Books (Regular Print and Large-Print)


Circulating Collection:

All fiction books are arranged by the author’s last name. New books, both fiction and non-fiction, circulate for TWO weeks. Regular books circulate for FOUR weeks. All books may be requested/reserved through the online catalog. All non-fiction books for information and research needs are arranged by Dewey Decimal number (subject classification).

Reference Collection:

Authoritative non-fiction books in print format are arranged by Dewey Decimal number and are restricted to in-library use. These are shelved near the Reference Desk. Many traditional print materials are being replaced by online (digital) versions. Please ask at the Reference Desk for help finding digital versions in our research databases.

 Databases – Accessible at Home and in the Library

images The West Hempstead Public Library purchases subscriptions to a wide variety of Databases for research, reference and recreational use in the Library, or remotely from home, school, or work. Use of the databases is free, but for remote access you must have a West Hempstead library card.

For instruction and assistance in using the databases, you may also call the Reference Desk at (516) 481-6591 during library hours.

 Magazines and Newspapers (Print and Digital)

magazine-autralia1 We provide local newspapers such as The West Hempstead/Malverne HeraldLong Island Newsday and Daily News and major national newspapers such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Magazines for adults are kept in the second floor reading area. Magazines for children and for teens are shelved in their respective departments. Print newspapers and the current issue of all magazines are for use in the Library only.

Library users have access to a wide variety of non-print magazines and newspapers in the Library and by remote access through library online Databases such as InfoTrac Newstand and Proquest.

Magazines at your fingertips! Learn more about our RBDigital App on our Digital Collections page.