What to Read?

The West Hempstead Public Library offers a wide range of Reader’s Advisory Services, including booklists and reading recommendations by newsletters and databases.   Check out a listing of our New Mystery books & New Nonfiction books on Goodreads.  Talk to a Reference Librarian for more suggestions! Call a-head at 481-6591 x 21 or come to the Reference Desk and ask for Readers Services.

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 Book Clubs & Discussion Groups

Book groups are a great way to learn about new books and authors that you might enjoy. The library hosts Book Discussion Groups that discuss a pre-selected book, or share recent good reads. We also assist private book groups by ordering a quantity of books for their readers. If you would like help in starting a Book Group, we can help.

Click here for Book Discussion dates & titles. 

Have your own book club?  Connect with Book Club Central to find tips on how to run a book club and suggestions for your next title.

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Adult Summer Reading Club
Starting June 29, 2018

Who says kids get to have all the fun? Party with prizes and treats on Thursday, August 31 for all participants!Please join our Adult Summer Reading Program by submitting a raffle ticket for each book you read or listen to, starting June 29th.  Choose from a suggested summer booklist or pick your own.Entry forms are available here or at the Reference Desk. If you are unable to come into the library, you may e-mail your entries to reference@whplibrary.org.

Open to adults 18 years & older.

For more information, please call the Reference Desk at 481-6591 x21.

Long Island Reads began in 2002 and is an Island-wide reading initiative, sponsored by the Nassau Library System and the Public Libraries of Suffolk County. Each April, during National Library Week, book lovers in Nassau and Suffolk come together to read the same book, participate in discussions of the selection and enjoy related events in their public libraries.

The 2018 LONG ISLAND READS pick is…

Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
by Mike Massimino

Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, is the spellbinding true story of the Long Island boy who became one of our best-known living space travelers. Despite daunting challenges and numerous setbacks, Mike never gave up his dream of becoming an astronaut. His book brings the reader into a rare, wonderful world where nerdy science meets thrilling adventure, and pulls back a curtain on just what it really means to have “the right stuff.”

Downloadable Audiobooks, eBooks & More

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 With downloadable media available 24/7, your library is always open!

Read all your favorite magazines with RBDigital Magazines (formerly Zinio)There are over 100 titles to choose from with 24/7 access to the newest issue plus back issues. Checkout and download for later or read in your browser.

We offer eBooks & audiobooks for checkout through Overdrive.  Download the title to your Kindle or other eDevice.  If the book you want is borrowed by another patron, put your name on a waiting list and get emailed when its available!

Want more then books and magazines?? Hoopla provides eBooks, audiobooks, comics, music, television shows & movies.  The content is always available, so no waiting!

Talking Books and Braille Services

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To borrow audio or braille books from the Andrew Heiskell Library you must first register with them to confirm your eligibility. Once your application has been received and confirmed, the Andrew Heiskell Library will register you for service and send you the requested equipment.

If you would like to speak with someone at the Andrew Heiskell Library, please contact the Outreach Librarian by email at outreach@nassaulibrary.org or by phone at 516-292-8920 x237 during regular business hours.

Databases for Readers


NoveList Plus – This is a fiction and nonfiction database that allows you to search by title, author, plot and series name. It also gives annotations, author read-alikes, booklists, book discussion guides, booktalks and feature articles. When you find a book you’d like, click on a link that takes you directly into our online catalog to reserve it!

More Literature Resources….

We have many databases that are not just for students. They are immensely helpful if you are looking for reviews, criticism and biographical backgrounds of the authors, but there are also primary sources in all formats, including poetry, short stories, and complete novels, many in audio and downloadable eBook formats.

Librarian Consultations

Free professional help to find you the perfect book! Visit us at the Reference Desk, conveniently located near the Fiction section on the ground floor!

  • Reserve high demand titles and check out the newest novels.
  • Pick up a booklist and find some new favorites.
  • Consult a helpful reader’s advisory reference book or database.
  • Books on tape, books on CD, and large-type books are available too!
  • Learn how to download fiction and non-fiction titles from our NASSAU DIGITAL DOORWAY.