About the Library

Mission Statement

It is the privilege of the Bay Shore – Brightwaters Public Library, through its Trustees and staff, to serve the Bay Shore – Brightwaters community – young, old, or in-between, white collar or blue, regardless of race, creed, gender, wealth, or education – as a cultural and information center for all and a center of life-long learning. All will find at the Library the means to enrich their lives.

Foster an atmosphere of life-long learning for all, encourage a love of knowledge and reading (regardless of format) in children and young adults and provide and promote opportunities for personal development at all levels. Celebrate learning of every kind.

Continually listen to the community, identify its unique personality and tailor collection and program offerings to their distinctive needs/wants. In particular, be aware of changes in the composition of the population and new trends as they become visible. In the year preceding the expiration of each Long Range Plan, offer an opportunity for the community to contribute their thoughts and ideas to the process.

In collection and program offerings, take into consideration the broad spectrum of our constituency. Strive to remain aware of opportunities that the diversity of our community, one of its greatest strengths, presents. Make every effort to draw our entire diverse community into making use of the Library facility as a community center. Ensure a safe and clean environment.

Strike a balance in offering traditional Library service for those who wish while at the same time constantly updating technology and electronic resources to better serve our patrons.

Provide as many opportunities for staff enrichment, particularly in new technologies, as possible.

Collect, preserve and provide local information, current and historical.

In light of economic challenges and the “tax cap,” seek to maintain or increase our services to the community. Strive for moderation combined with excellence, practice economies where possible and resist the ephemeral in favor of substance. Investigate any area of cost savings. In particular, continue to investigate opportunities to reduce electric use through conservation, daylighting etc.

In addition to exploring any and all prospects to expand Library parking, make use of the Facility Upgrade report completed for us and explore the renovation of the second floor office area, investigate the renovation possibilities in the lower mezzanine to offer more space for meeting rooms. In addition, begin to engage in sustainable practices, consider the addition of a solar array, and otherwise continue to keep our building in the best condition possible.

Library Board Adopted
July 2011
Revised July 2022

Annual Financial Report

Annual Community Statistics