Adult Literacy & ESL

Group ESL classes and personalized one-on-one tutoring are available to anyone in the St. Lawrence County at no cost.

Our tutors will help any adults or teens (14+) with our services.

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking in English (ESL)
  • Math Skills
  • Test Preparation for NYSED High School Equivalency Test (TASC)

Computer & Internet Access

Computer Use

Eight computers are available for public use. Patrons have access to Microsoft Office 2010, which includes Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Access, and Excel, as well as the internet. Patrons must have their library card with them (or know their library card number) to use a computer. Guest passes are available for patrons without a library card. Usage is limited to 90 minutes per day.

Patrons also have access to a scanner and printers that are networked to all eight computers.

Printer Charges

  • 25 Cents per B&W page printed
  • 75 Cents per Color page printed

Children's Computers

The Children's Room has three computers with many educational programs, as well as filtered internet access.

Internet Use & Policy

The mission of the Massena Public Library is to support the development of an informed citizenry by collecting, transmitting, and ensuring open access to the world's ideas and information. To this end, the Library provides access to the internet. All patrons will have enhanced accessibility to ideas and information throught the Library's gateway to the internet.

The Library does not monitor and has no control over thr information accessed through the internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. The internet and its resources may contain controversial or inappropriate material. However, the Library does not restrict access or protect users from information they may find offensive. Patrons use the internet at their own discretion.

Parents and guardians of minor children, not the Library, are responsible for their children's use of the internet through the library connection. Illegal activities intended to disrupt network services or equipment are prohibited.

Materials copied on this computer network may be subject to coyright laws and may not be copied without permission of the copyright owner unless the proposed use falls within the definition of "Fair Use". Misuse of the computer will result in a loss of computer privileges.

Free Legal Help

The New York State Bar Association helps patrons receive free legal help where financially qualifying New Yorkers can ask a volunteer attorney a question about their non-criminal legal issue. It is free to use and meant to help increase access to the New York justice system.

To Use This Site

  1. Visit the site
  2. Click Get Started
  3. Complete the registration
  4. Verify your email address
  5. Login and ask your question

For users who don't qualify, visit to find legal forms, videos, referrals, and more.

Interlibrary Loans

As a member of the North Country Library System consortium, the Massena Public Library can borrow materials from 63 member libraries. Patrons may use the online catalog to see what is available from the other NCLS libraries, and may reserve books from home using the instructions below:

  1. Click on the Catalog tab
  2. Enter your library card number and PIN (last four digits of your phone number) in the top, right corner; click the Login button. Please Note: First time users may need to contact the library to activate the PIN number.
  3. In the search box, type your request, i.e., Author, Title, Subject, Series.
  4. Choose a book or other type of material or "ANY" as default.
  5. From the list, click on the item which you would like to place a hold.
  6. Click PLACE HOLD in the box on the left.
  7. Confirm pick-up library (in most cases it will be Massena).
  8. Click OK.

Note: Do not place a hold on an item marked "NEW" from another library, as their patrons have first "dibs" and the wait will be lengthy. Using the online catalog, you can check on the status of your reserve books, see a list of items that you have checked out (as well as their due dates), and renew items from home. Please note that if an item has already been renewed once, or another patron has placed a hold on it, you will be unable to renew the item.

Most interlibrary loan material arrives at the library on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. A member of our staff will call you when the requested material arrives. Patrons have one week to pick up their items at the Library.


Mary Hall: Local Outreach

Debbie Fuehring: North Country Library & New York State Library for the BLind

Local Outreach Program:

The purpose of the Outreach is to enhance and improve the library services that are available to the elderly of Massena. Once a moth, a library staff member visits the Highland Nursing Home and St. Regis Nursing Home. Patrons may request specific authors or types of books. The library keeps track of the material borrowed and brings something different each month.

North Country Library System Outreach Program:

Those patrons unable to visit their local library may receive materials through the mail using catalogs and lists provided by the Outreach Department. Contact the library for an application.

Available by Pre-Paid Mail:

  • Regular and Large Print Paperback Books
  • Videos and Closed-Captioned Videos
  • Recorded Books
  • Material of Special Interest

Who is Eligible?

  • Elderly - Any person over the age of 65 who need specialized services
  • Disabled - Any person, regardless of age, who because of physical disablility, is unable to visit their local library
  • Hearing Impaired/Deaf - Any person, regardless of age, who requires special materials or information because of hearing impairment
  • Residents of Institutions - Any person, regardless of age, who is a resident of an institution, such as a hospital, nursing home, adult care home, etc., including county jails or correctional facilities
  • Visually Impaired/Blind - Any person, regardless of age, who because of a visual impairment, is unable to use standard print
  • Organizations/Agencies - Any organization or institution that serves the above mentioned people

What is Available:

  • Large Print Books
  • Regular Print Paperbacks
  • Closed-Captioned Videos
  • Videos & DVDs
  • Books on CD & Tape
  • Equipment: Items such as telecommunication devices for the the deaf (TDDs), closed-captioned decoders, VCRs, and other equipment needed for special programs are available for borrowing

How are Items Borrowed?

  • By Pre-paid Mail - Those patrons unable to visit their local library may recieve materials through the mail using catalogs and lists provided by the Outreach Department.
  • Local Public Library - All equipment and materials can be delivered to your local public library.

New York State Library For The Blind And Visually Handicapped

Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230-0001

(518) 474-5935 or (800) 342-3688

Application: An application may be picked up at your local library or by contacting the New York State Library for the Blind and Visually Handicapped at the above address or phone number.

Books & Equipment: This Outreach Service provides books on recorded discs, cassette tapes, and in braille. Also available, free of charge, is the special equipment necessary to listen to recorded boooks.

Magazines: Many magazines are available. Almost all of the recorded magazines are on disc.

Music Services: Books about music. If you want to borrow actual music recordings, try your local public library.

What to Expect:

  • It will take 2-3 weeks to fully establish your service.

Available for Checkout

  • Outdoor Games - Kan Jam, Ladder Toss and Corn Hole

  • Dell LCD Projector

  • Folding Chairs (50)

  • Tables, 6 ft. (6)

  • Pop-up Canopies (2)

  • Discount Museum Passes - Wild Center and Adirondack Experience

outdoor games