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Goshen Public Library and Historical Society


Automated Network Services (ANSER) is the library's online public access catalog. It allows library users to search by author, title, or subject and locate books, videos and audios owned by GPLHS plus all the other libraries in the Ramapo Catskill Library System.

Interlibrary Loans

When the book you want is already checked out or is located at another library, it is possible to request it right through the Public Access Terminal (PAC). Use the "Select" command by typing an "S" and then follow the directions. You will be notified when the item arrives at the Goshen Library. You can also request a particular item through the Internet by accessing the GPLHS web page ( and selecting the JAVA version of the catalog. Click on "Place Hold" and follow the instructions.

E-mail Notification

When requested books arrive at the Goshen Public Library, patrons are normally notified by telephone. However, notification by e-mail is also available. Registration for this service may be done in person or online by clicking here to register. Overdue notices will also be delivered via e-mail for these registered patrons.

Public Computers & the Internet

The library maintains a LAN with five public access computers available on a first-come, first-served basis. Library users may access the Internet and various CD-ROM reference sources including MasterPlots, Discovering Authors, McKinney's Consolidated NYS Laws, Quattro Pro and WordPerfect. Computers may be used for 30 minutes a session. Printing is available for 10 cents a page.

The library's web page makes it possible to access the catalog, magazine databases, and library news items from the comfort of home. It serves as our virtual bulletin board, so check it regularly to discover events, programs and new services.

Electronic Reference

Patrons may ask brief reference questions via our web page. Just click on Email Us. Reference staff will e-mail an answer. Please limit questions to those satisfied by short factual answers.

Home Delivery

Available to all Goshen Public Library card holders who cannot visit the library due to permanent or temporary disability, materials may be requested either by title or general subject. Volunteers deliver materials. Call the library (294-6606, ext. 4) to register or print this form and mail it to the library.

Internet Instruction Classes

Learn how to use the Internet! Classes are just one session and last one and a half hours. Classes are free, but limited to six adults due to space constraints. Sign up sheets are posted in the reference area.

Adult Programs

We host events year round, ranging from cooking classes and crafts to musical performances and book discussion groups. Don't miss our award-winning Poetry events.

Children's Programs

Youngsters, 18 months through grade 6, are invited to many exciting programs. Toddletime, Circletime and Story Hour programs run for several weeks. After School Specials and craft-a-longs are designed around special themes. The summer reading program is a perennial favorite. Our children's staff also does outreach or in-house programs for schools, daycare centers and other organizations.

Teens & 12s

A recent addition at the library is designed just for those in grades 7 - 12. Programs are offered monthly during the school year and weekly as part of our summer reading club. The Teens & 12s Advisory Group (TAG) helps plan the programs.


Since there are never enough funds for everything we need, we have drawn up a list of reference books that may be "adopted." An individual or group may select a title and purchase a needed book. These books may be designated in honor of a special person, organization or event.

Fax Machine

Outgoing faxes are $2.50 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. Incoming faxes are $1 for the first page and .50 for subsequent pages.


A public, coin-operated copier is available for black and white copies at .10 a page.

Tax Forms

Both federal and NYS tax forms are available via the Internet. Reproducible sets of forms can be photocopied. Printing or copying costs .10 per page.


Check the reference area for these forms that are necessary when applying for college financial aid. Many brochures are available to help guide you through the college selection process.

Community Resource File

All the libraries in the RCLS system gather names and addresses of groups, clubs and organizations in their communities. This database can be accessed through our web page and PAC terminals.

Genealogy & Local History

The Elizabeth Sharts Historical & Genealogical Reference Room houses over 40,000 manuscripts and documents, newspapers, maps, books and pamphlets. It has limited hours, access is strictly control