Library Closure / COVID-19 FAQ
Using the Library
A library representative will contact you in a day or two to provide you with a permanent barcode and then you will be able to access all of our online services, including all of our downloads/streaming services and research databases.
We have been fine free since 2018!
We are more concerned about you than our materials. You will not be billed for any items during the pandemic.
The book drops at the front and back of the main building are currently open, as well as the Medford book drop. However, your health is our primary concern, and we don’t want you to come out unnecessarily. You will not be billed for any items during the pandemic, and we’ll happily accept all returns when the library re-opens.
The library building is currently closed and all in-person events and appointments are cancelled. However, we are offering online events. Please check our virtual events calendar for upcoming online events and classes.
Please ask us all your questions! We’ll point you straight to the facts.
- Use the new chat box at the lower left-hand corner of your screen to talk to a live librarian
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leave us a voicemail and a librarian will get back to you shortly:
- Call 631-654-4700 x152 to leave a message in English
- Call 631-654-4700 x153 to leave a message in Spanish
We can provide accurate, up-to-date COVID-19 information, answer reference questions, help you get a temporary library card, give reading recommendations, help you get started with our digital resources, and more.
Online Library Services
Live online tutoring:
Brainfuse is a great homework help and live tutoring service that can be accessed here with your library card. It offers live tutoring in a variety of subjects for every grade level from 1:00-11:00 pm, 7 days a week, and has an online writing lab where you can submit any kind of writing for assistance. Look for Brainfuse Meet to join a virtual study room (great for group projects!). We encourage you to go explore this extensive resource!
Databases for kids and teens:
Ebooks for kids:
See the downloads and streaming page for a complete list of download and streaming services you can access with your library card.
Here's a quick rundown:
Overdrive | Libby - You can borrow thousands of ebooks and audiobooks them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.
Hoopla - Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card. Signing up is free & easy.
Flipster - 167 Magazines Available. Flip to your favorite magazines from anywhere!
Kanopy - Video streaming service for movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films and educational videos.
Yes! Here's where to go:
Newsday - Get Full-Text Access to Newsday, set up alerts to receive the day’s articles via e-mail
New York Times - Full-Text Access, set up alerts to receive the day’s articles. Access to online articles is also available.
Long Island Advance - Full-Text Access to the Advance, articles released the day paper is published.
Wall Street Journal - Full-Text Access, set up alerts to receive the day’s articles. Access to online articles is also available.
We'd recommend you start with Rosetta Stone:
- Free with your library card
- 30 languages to meet a range of cultural interests
- Core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
- Focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and more
- Mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce language on the go
Plus, for a limited time only, you can use Ancestry Library Edition from home, instead of having to come into the library. Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.
Udemy - To use the app, download Udemy for business. When it asks you for the name of the website, put in “gale”. It should say gale.udemy.com. However, you will have to create a profile online via Web browser and you will need a Google or Microsoft account to get started.
Testing and Education Reference Center - Has an *actually free* Resume Wizard, Career Books, Basic Math/Reading/Writing Tests for Grades 8-12, Cosmetology Online Classes, CLEP practice exams, STEM practice tests, TOEFL and Citizenship Practice Test
Live-brary Civil Service Test Prep Collection - A listing of all Civil Service Test Prep ebooks by the National Learning Corporation can be found here. These titles are always available.
Sure! Start with these resources:
Home Improvement Reference Center - Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.
Chilton Library - Deliver reliable automotive help online 24/7 through ChiltonLibrary, trusted by automotive enthusiasts and professionals for more than 100 years. See for yourself how no other source has the maintenance, repair, and technical service bulletins needed for most years, makes, and models.This continually updated resource provides:
- Step-by-step service and repair procedures
- Wiring diagrams
- Maintenance and specification tables
- Troubleshooting guides and diagnostic trouble codes
- Photos, illustrations, diagrams and multimedia (videos and animations)
- ASE test prep
Small Engine Repair Databases - This reference database provides detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines. All of the content is organized in a powerful, easy-to-use manner so that users can quickly find the information they need.
An online self-screening tool is available here: https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov/
To make an appointment for a Coronavirus test, call the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065. The test is free to all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider. Individual test results are sent to the individual by phone, texted, or they can access the online patient portal at http://www.Bioreference.com.
If you would like to call Stony Brook Hospital, please call 631-638-1320.
There are also locations in the Patchogue area, but you may see costs for these tests:
Patchogue Urgent Care
152 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772
1 E Roe Blvd, Patchogue, NY 11772
CVS Pharmacy, 107 South Country Road, Bellport, NY 11713
470 West Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
729 Portion Road, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
105 Montauk Highway, West Sayville, NY 11782
Patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment.
There are also health clinics that serve everyone who does not have health insurance. You must call 844-474-2273 to make your first appointment.
That is the number for Hudson River Health.
If You Tested Positive
If you tested positive for COVID-19, follow these instructions from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.
If you’ve tested positive and recovered, please consider donating plasma.
The latest number of cases can be found here.
Help in the Community
A list of grocery delivery services in Patchogue and Medford is here. These services may not currently have openings.
Edible Arrangements is selling fresh produce boxes.
Umbrella is coordinating grocery delivery for people 60+ across Long Island. Seniors will get matched to a local volunteer who can shop on their behalf. It typically takes 5-7 days to get groceries delivered. There is a $10 suggested contribution for this service but no other fees. Email Emma Gilszanz (Emma@askumbrella.com ) with questions.
Call 311 for access to emergency food. They can provide:
- Information about the nearest food pantry.
- Delivery for the homebound.
- Lyft vouchers to get to a food pantry and back for those in need.
Long Island Cares
If you need to be assessed for a mobile home delivery due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please call for a phone assessment 631.582.3663 ext. 109 or email email@example.com. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response.
The Library has curated a list of organizations providing food assistance in the area. We recommend you call the organization first to verify dates and times. View PDF.
Cornerstone Church of God in Christ
631-698-8484 or 631-880-7720
Monday-Friday 12-2 PM: 61 Shirley Lane, Medford NY
Sundays 12-2 PM: 576 Granny Road, Medford NY
Federation of Organizations
456 Waverly Ave, Patchogue
3rd and last Saturdays of the month — 10 AM – 1 PM
God’s Provision 5
Spanish Pentecostal Church 11 River Ave. Patchogue NY 11772
Is offering a free food delivery service to the vulnerable in the Patchogue-Medford community only. To make a phone request, call 631-569-4648, or request online: https://www.harmonycafeli.org/give
10-11 AM Saturdays: 90 Terry Street, Patchogue (The lot behind Burlington Coat Factory)
Daily grab and go bags for children are available as follows:
- Eagle ~ 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
- Medford ~ 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
- Canaan ~ 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
- Eagle ~ 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Medford ~ 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Canaan ~ 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
In addition, to-go lunch boxes for the whole family are available on Mondays from 11 AM – 1 PM at Medford, Eagle, and Canaan Elementary schools.
For families requiring immediate food assistance, please contact Long Island Cares at 631-582-FOOD for emergency feed-a-kid bags.
Patchogue-Medford Youth & Community Services
390 Bay Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772
Please call 631-758-4100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Mobile delivery available.
St. Francis de Sales Parish Outreach
224 S. Ocean Avenue, Patchogue NY 11772
631-475-5402 or email@example.com
Appointment necessary — call, email, or make an appointment on Facebook.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Emergency Food Pantry
31 Rider Ave, Patchogue
Thursdays, 10 AM – 12 PM
World Outreach Church of God
249 Washington Ave, Patchogue NY 11772
Drive through Tuesdays, 9-11 AM.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications and case recertification can be submitted electronically @ mybenefits.ny.gov.
Additionally, SNAP benefits can be used for online grocery purchases. Current participating retailers include: Amazon, Walmart and ShopRite. Amazon is available statewide; Walmart and ShopRite participate in specific zip codes. Walmart, depending on specific locations, offers delivery, pick-up or both. Clients can enter zip code on the Walmart or ShopRite websites to find availability.
Island Harvest can help with SNAP applications over the phone. Call 631-873-4775.
The Social Brain, based in Selden, is currently giving medical supplies to those in need, especially to those with disabilities and/or impairments. If you know of anyone who may be in need, please contact them firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-793-4311. They are also putting together Creativity Bags which will help keep the brain stimulated for those in need.