MVLS provides services to persons who reside in Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and Schoharie counties and who are educationally disadvantaged; members of culturally diverse groups in need of special library services; unemployed and in need of job placement assistance; living in areas that are underserved by a library; visually, physically, or otherwise disabled persons; and older adults or confined in institutions.
MVLS provides New York State grant-funded services to Hale Creek Correctional Facility, and the Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady, and Schoharie County Jails. Services include materials, programs, and equipment to support educational, recreational, and self-improvement goals.
Books for senior centers, nursing homes, hospitals, community centers and member libraries are provided.
Recorded books in cassette or digital cartridge format, braille books and magazines, described videos, and downloadable digital books and magazines (BARD) are available from the New York State Talking Book and Braille Library are available to qualifying adults or children who are visually, physically, or learning disabled.
A text telephone (TTY) is available for borrowing. This device digitizes sounds and will show text of a telephone conversation. A message can be typed which is then converted to sound for a hearing person on the other end.
“Learning Styles Toolkits” are provided at the following member libraries: Amsterdam Free Library, Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery, Gloversville Public Library, Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville, Schenectady County Public Library, Middleburgh Library, Schoharie Free Library, and The Community Library in Cobleskill. These are kits of interactive multi-sensory, adult focused materials to help people learn reading, math, and life skills. They are best used in a one-on-one tutoring situation.
Special collections for member libraries which celebrate multicultural influences.
Homebound services are provided by member libraries for qualified people who are permanently or temporarily disabled and unable to get to a library. Each library determines how it will provide services based on its resources. From our catalog you can reserve books online or by phone and arrange to have someone you have previously designated pick up materials for you at a member library.
Support for English as a Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) literacy programs in the four counties is offered.
Large print materials, books-on-tape, deposit book collections and Bi-folkal kits for member libraries, nursing homes, adult homes, and senior centers are available.
Classes for learning computer skills are offered regularly at the Schenectady County Public Library. Call 518-388-4541 for more information.