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Access & Borrowing: Community Members

Information about the policies and services of the Francis U. and Mary F. Ritz Library.

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Contact Information

Location: Hudson Hall, 3rd floor

General Library Questions: (845) 431-8630

Circulation Desk: (845) 431-8639

Reference Desk: (845) 431-8634

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Library Hours

The library building is closed. Remote services are available. AskUs24/7 is available 24 hours a day. 

Intersession hours (May 7 - 23)

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday Closed

View full calendar for exceptions

Borrowing Information


  • Present your Community Borrower card each time you wish to borrow books.
  • Borrow up to five books at a time.
  • Normal borrowing period for circulating items is three weeks.
    • Hot topics books may be borrowed for two weeks with no renewals. 


  • Return books to the Circulaton Desk during library hours.
  • Return books to the outside book drop 24 hours a day. The book drop is located at the Creek Road entrance to Hudson Hall.


  • Renewals are permitted if all fines are paid.
    • Hot topic books may not be renewed. 
    • Books with hold requests may not be renewed.

Overdue Materials

  • Fines accrue at a rate of 10 cents per book per day, including weekends & holidays. 
  • Overdue notices are sent on the next business day after a book is due. 
  • Borrowing privileges are suspended until overdue materials are returned and fines are paid.

Lost or Damaged Materials

  • Report any lost or damaged items to the library as soon as possible.
  • Lost or damaged fees are determined on a case by case basis.
    • Minimum lost or damaged fee is $50 per book.
    • Maximum lost or damaged fee is the item replacement cost. 


Adult Dutchess or Putnam County residents may register for community borrower status at the Ritz Library. A picture ID is required to verify residency. 

If you are enrolled in credit courses at a Mid-Hudson area college or high school, you are not eligible for a community borrower card. You may use our materials in-house, or make interlibrary loan requests through your college or public library. 

Access to Electronic Resources

Community borrowers may use subscription databases while visiting the library. See our complete list of databases at the link below.


Community borrowers may not: 

  • place holds
  • place interlibrary loan requests
  • borrow iPods, Playaways or Nooks 
  • renew materials if fines are owed
  • access library databases remotely