Joint Venture Broadens Access to Library Resources and Selected Facilities in City of Newburgh

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – Through a joint venture between the Newburgh Free Library, the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, SUNY Orange and Mount Saint Mary College, the collections of four libraries will now be broadly available to residents in and around the City of Newburgh under the umbrella of the Newburgh Library Collaborative, an innovative partnership that will improve access to library resources and enhance educational opportunities for students of all ages.

With the formation of the Newburgh Library Collaborative, more than 500,000 publications and 100 library staff members will be available at no additional cost to patrons of the Newburgh Free Library, the Newburgh Free Academy Library, SUNY Orange’s campus libraries in Newburgh and Middletown, and Mount Saint Mary’s Curtin Memorial Library. Students in the Newburgh School District will have access to all four facilities, while residents and general library users will be able to visit the Newburgh Free Library and the two Newburgh college locations.

In addition to broadening access to the various collections, the Collaborative allows the libraries to offer research support as well as instruction in information literacy skills. The Collaborative libraries will provide in-person loans of materials, reference assistance and on-site use of collections to any eligible member from the participating libraries.

“Libraries have always been leaders in collaboration,” said Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, president of Mount Saint Mary College. “The Mount is pleased to be part of this innovative program which leverages the distinctive collection of each Newburgh library to make it possible for residents and students to do higher level research and to explore personal interests.”

“This collaboration will provide tremendous educational and research opportunities for students of all ages. But the most exciting aspect will be the availability of three library collections, all within close proximity of one another, to nearby residents and members of the community,” added Dr. William Richards, president of SUNY Orange.

Judith McAfee, board member of the Newburgh Free Library, stated, “The Collaborative has established a ‘corridor of knowledge’ here in Newburgh and expands a long history of libraries as community partners. The public can now take advantage of a wide array of specialized information resources at no extra cost.”

The libraries will begin issuing free Newburgh Library Collaborative cards that will grant the bearer access to the collections. The free NLC card will save community users $50 at the Newburgh Free Library, $20 per year at Mount Saint Mary and $5 per year at SUNY Orange.

Anyone who currently has a valid library card or identification card from a participating library is eligible for an NLC card. The Collaborative card expires after six months but is renewable. Details on obtaining a card can be found on each participating library’s website: (Newburgh Free Library); (SUNY Orange); (Mount Saint Mary College).

For more information, contact any of the following: Muriel Verdibello, Newburgh Free Library, (845) 563-3605; Susan Parry, SUNY Orange, (845) 341-4251; or Barbara Petruzzelli, Mount Saint Mary College, (845) 569-3601.

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