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Services

Mather Memorial Library has seven (7) public access computers with printers available for your use. Internet users must sign an internet use agreement. Computers are content filtered according to CIPA guidelines.

Fax Machine: Minimal fee to help cover cost.

Copier: Minimal fee to help cover cost.

Meeting room: on the second floor is available for public use.

Inter-Library Loan: We can borrow books for you  from other libraries.

Free use of the POWER Library information resources.

Policies

1) Courtesy notices will be e-mailed three days before an item’s due date for those with an email address. Patrons are asked to add the e-mail address of their local library so that notices
do not end up in their spam folders.

2) Overdue notices will be e-mailed on the following schedule: first notice, 7 days after due date; second notice, 14 days after due date; and bill, 21 days after due date.

3) Patrons with overdue items who do not have e-mail will be called 14 days after the due date. An automatic bill will be generated and sent via the US Postal Service 21 days after the due date. Patrons also will be charged mailing fees. Failure to receive notices does not exempt patrons from the responsibility of payment for the library materials or overdue fines.

4) Fines for the following items will be 25¢ per day: books, magazines, audio books, and VHS
tapes. The fine for DVDs will be $1 per day.

5) Borrowing times for books, audio books, and VHS tapes will be 2 weeks with 2 renewals (for a total of 6 weeks). DVDs and magazines may be borrowed for 7 days with 2 renewals (for a total of 3 weeks).

6) Patrons will be able to track their accounts online using their barcode numbers as their usernames. Previous passwords will no longer work. Contact the library for new passwords.

Inclement weather policy:

Library will be open unless a state of emergency has been declared.

Library will close if there is a power failure.

Schedule changes:

Will be announced on WIGGLE(100.3FM & 102.9 FM) and WATS-AM, WAVR-FM, WTTC_AM/FM.

History

Mather Memorial Library began in 1920 with members of the Ulster Study Club each giving a book in lieu of dues. The books were kept in the living room of the Abe Chaffee home.

As the collection grew it moved upstairs over the firehouse then to a vacant store offered by D. W. Mills. At that time the collection consisted of 400 volumes. Mrs. Fred E. Mathers was elected librarian.

In 1930, the growth of the library made larger quarters necessary. The Mather Store was purchased. The first floor served as the library with meeting rooms upstairs. Mather Memorial Library remains in the same building and currently has a collection of over 15,000 items.

When Mrs. Mather retired Miss Mattie Howie took over as librarian and served for 30 years. Mrs. Mary Gillette became the librarian when Miss Howie retired and continued until her death in 1989.*

*Information taken from ULSTER: A View Past to Present.
by Madelene M. Daugherty

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