Books account for 50% of our circulation even with the many different formats available today. From board books for toddlers to large print titles for those with failing eyesight, nearly 73% of our collection – more than 60,000 items – consists of good, old-fashioned books. Bookplates inside some volumes acknowledge purchases made possible by donors to the Library and by tribute gifts made in honor or memory of a friend or family member. If you would like to donate a book in honor or memory of someone, please contact the Director or Assistant Director.
Novels and short story collections by one author are filed alphabetically by the author’s last name in the Reading Room. Mysteries and Science Fiction are shelved separately in their own dedicated areas. New releases are on display near the Circulation Desk for your browsing convenience.
Non-fiction is arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification on the main floor. Biographies are shelved by the last name of the subject and are housed in Stacks 6 & 7. Reference works are shelved in Stack 1. Phone books may be found in front of the Reference Desk. New releases are on display near the Circulation Desk for your browsing convenience.
We have an extensive collection of art and music books housed in the Art Room located in the northeast corner of the main floor.
On the Business Table located in front of the Reference Desk are Value Line and other business reference materials.
The Career Corner is located in the southwest corner of the main floor. Resume and interview guide books are shelved here as well as books on careers and job searching.
The Children’s Room is located on the lower level with a separate street level entrance. It has a large collection of books and media for Children.
Katonah Poetry Series
Located near the Circulation Desk, this section displays the poetry books of all the poets that have read at the library during the more than forty year history of the Katonah Poetry Series. Information about upcoming poetry events is available.
The Large Type Collection includes titles from bestselling authors, as well as classics, non- fiction and biography, all shelved in a special section on the Main floor adjacent to the Art Room. New releases are on display near the Circulation Desk for your browsing convenience.
Local History books are located near the Reference Desk. The cabinet contains reference history books for Westchester County, Katonah, and surrounding towns.
Paperbacks are located behind the Circulation desk.
New Travel guides are located by the grandfather clock. Language Learning CDs and ESL books are located in this area.
Teen Time Area
The Teen Time Area has fiction and non-fiction books for middle school and high school students. There is a large collection of Graphic Novels. College guides are also shelved in this area.
DVDs and audiobooks are conveniently located in pull out shelves to the right of the front door. Our DVD collection includes feature films, foreign films and documentaries. Our music CDs are located by the front windows. The collection includes an array of music genres.