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Adult Learner
This collection is intended for adults who need special materials in two major areas: Basic Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Basic Literacy provides tools for adult learners to read and write while English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) assists patrons to learn to speak English. Books and visual materials are available. Study guides that include citizenship information and test preparation are also available in these collections.

Patrons may apply for tutoring on a one-to-one basis through Literacy Suffolk, Inc. For more information visit the Literacy Suffolk website. Student and tutor applications are available at the Reference Desk.


Aaron Kramer
The Aaron Kramer Collection represents the complete work of Aaron Kramer (1921-1997), Long Island educator, translator, poet, and author who contributed significantly to the study of verse. The collection,housed in the Northport Library is a gift from resident Philip Kleinberg.


Art & Architecture
A county-wide resource, the Library's renowned collection of books, magazines, auction catalogs, and online databases serves the professional, student, and amateur equally. Designated a subject specialty center for art and architecture in the 1960s, the Northport Public Library continues its commitment to maintaining a comprehensive collection. To read more about the scope of the Library's Art Collection click this link.


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Asharoken Garden Club
This special collection, gathered by members of the Asharoken Garden Club, was gifted to the Library in 1999 for all Northport-East Northport community gardeners who wish to reap the garden lore and wisdom which has helped their gardens flourish. The garden club donates money annually to allow us to purchase additional books on gardening topics.


George E. Beatty Jr. Architecture Collection
George E. Beatty, Jr. Architecture Collection
Dedicated in 2002 to the memory of Library architect Goerge E. Beatty, Jr., this collection compliments the Northport Library Art and Architecture Center with a focus toward American architecture, notable architects, professional standards, dictionaries and encyclopedias.


Biography IconBiographies
Life stories, books about renowned historical figures as well as current history-makers, and autobiographies are shelved as one collection in the biography sections of each library.



This county-wide resource was initially developed to support the nautical interests of the community. This extensive collection now provides boaters of all types with unique resources. Books covering purchasing, safety, navigation, construction, maintenance, and cruising are just some of the subjects featured in this collection.


Rex Brasher's Birds & Trees of North America
This twelve-volume set of hand-painted bird illustrations is number thirty-five of one hundred completed between 1929 and 1932 by Rex Brasher, one of the foremost bird artists of the twentieth century. It was donated to the Library by the Sidney Bevin family.


Buisness iconBusiness
Financial newsletters, magazines, handbooks, and directories are available in the Ray Freygang Business Center at the Northport Library.




Bygone Bestseller IconBygone Bestsellers
This fiction collection features works by authors who have made the headlines with books that have mass printings and vast readership. The Bygone Bestsellers are designated with labels indicating the year the fiction work made the New York Times Best Seller List.


Career Icon
Our Career Center is designed to assist patrons in preparing for a career and obtaining a job. Literature, audio-visual materials and computer programs are available to enhance one's search. A comprehensive collection of college selection and financial aid resources will assist those preparing for higher education. For further information please visit the Career Information page.


Before you shop, stop by the Consumer Center for product reviews and price guides to the things you buy. This collection includes magazines and books.


Computer IconComputer
The Library’s collection of computer books covers levels of interest from novice computer users to aspiring programmers. Here you will find manuals with answers to software questions, handbooks which educate computer users about proper hardware use and maintenance, instructional guides on how to use specific programs, and books on the various social media platforms


Enjoy Long Island
With each season, brochures and books are placed on special display for library users who wish to take advantage of Long Island's many tourist attractions, sporting events, historic sites, and
cultural activities.


The fiction collection focuses on literature including contemporary fiction, classics, standard titles, diverse genres, and special interests.


Buisness iconRay Freygang
Ray Freygang, who died in 1991, was an active user of the Library's financial newspapers and other business reference materials. He made a bequest to the Library in his will. His gift helps us to maintain a strong collection of business resources.


Health IconHealth
Directories of hospitals and physicians; medical encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks; prescription and non-prescription drug resources; and disease and condition-specific books
are included in this circulating and reference collection.

Jack Kerouac iconJack Kerouac
Beat author Jack Kerouac lived in Northport during the late 1950s and early 1960s and was a frequent visitor to the Library. The Library maintains an extensive collection of resources by and about Kerouac and, in addition, owns some unique items related to the writer. A comprehensive bibliography published by the Library is available online and upon request.

Large PrintLarge Print
The Large Print Collection includes fiction and non-fiction books published in a larger type size to assist patrons who have difficulty reading smaller print.


Literary Beacons iconLiterary Beacons
Authors of a wide variety of works have enriched our community's literary heritage. The Literary Beacons Collection recognizes published books of authors who are living in or have lived in the area served by the Library.

Local History IconLocal History
Delve into the rich history of our community, Long Island, and the Library itself in the Local History Center. Along with reference and circulating books and media, the center houses local history periodicals, genealogy resources, materials on historic preservation, historic photographs, a clipping file, the Tracks Through Time Oral History Collection, and archival records.


The magazine collection includes a broad range of general interest titles for information and recreation. Magazines are an important source of new ideas, topics, and consumer information.


Mysteries icon
The Mystery Collection includes whodunnits by classic authors such as Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler, as well as contemporary crime creators such as Robert Parker, Sue Grafton, and P.D. James.


New Books
The New Book section houses the Library's most recent acquisitions of fiction and non-fiction books.


The Non-Fiction collection is comprised of factual books with
an emphasis on timely, accurate, and useful materials to support individual and community interests.


These books fit easily into your beach bag, your overnight bag, your bicycle basket.  Don’t leave the library without one.


Pool Collection

Perfect for book discussion groups, there are currently multiple copies of more than 200 titles in the Pool Collection.  Groups may reserve titles in advance.  Available books arrive within four days.  For popular titles, flexibility is a must.

Prime time iconPrime Time
The Prime Time Collection includes reference and circulating books that deal with senior matters including eldercare, assisted living, Medicare, financial concerns, retirement, and housing.


Professional Items
Reference books and other materials about the business of libraries and librarians help us to continue to offer state-of-the-art libraries and library service.

Reference IconReference
Reference materials provide timely and accurate information on a wide variety of topics.  These materials are for use in the library only and are available to the public at all times.


Science Fiction and Fantasy IconScience Fiction & Fantasy
Imagination at its best, this collection consists of magic and monsters, interplanetary travel and the future. Spine labels highlight whether the book is in the realm of science fiction or fantasy.



Short Stories
Short fiction - both classic and contemporary tales - published in collections by one or several authors.


Test Collection icon

Test Collection Study guides and practice tests are available for a variety of fields.  Civil Service test books are also available.  All test guides are shelved in the Career Center.  Practice Tests are also included with our Online Research.  For more information, click here.

The Travel Collection includes trip-planning tips organized by country, state, and region. Our up-to-date collection includes standards such as Fodor's and Frommers, as well as the "off the beaten path"


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