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 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.

Free During Social Distancing

AudioBookCloud – all ages audiobook database

RomanceBookCloud – a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!

 Book Clubs & Discussion Groups

Book groups are a great way to learn about new books and authors that you might enjoy. We 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.

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.

Adult Summer Reading Club
June 28, 2019 through August 10, 2019

Who says kids get to have all the fun? Join our Adult Summer Reading Club which includes raffle prizes, a party (on Monday, August 26th) with more prizes and treats for all participants! To join our Club submit a raffle ticket for each book you read or listen to.  Entry forms will be available at the Reference Desk or click here to submit them online.

Need a suggestion for what to read?  Check out our “Books You May Have Missed” list or our “Summer Reads” list.

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 2020 LONG ISLAND READS pick is…

Light From Other Stars
by Erika Swyler

As Nedda Papas faces mystery and danger both in the orange groves of her Florida childhood and the vastness of space as an adult, Light from Other Stars keenly illuminates the magical limits of science while exploring, in detail, the bonds of family, friendship, and love of home.

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

findbooks Nassau residents are eligible for a books-by-mail program that delivers thousands of both recorded and braille titles postage-free through the New York Public Library’s Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library.

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.