Riverhead Free Library

★★★☆☆
  • 330 Court St

    Riverhead, NY 11901

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  • 631-727-3228

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Mon - Fri, 9am - 9pm; Sat, 9am - 5pm; Sun (Oct - Apr), 1pm - 5pm

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Awk, I can't believe the negative reviews of the Riverhead Free Library that I am reading. I live in a school district which is too cheap to build its own library, hence for 20 years I've had to choose between Riverhead, Westhampton, Center Moriches and Mastic-Moriches-Shirley as my home library every July. Despite enormous strides (and additions) made by Mastic, I've always chosen Riverhead for its low key approach to librarying (something the previously-posting complainers could seek to emulate), its computer and printer availability, its willingness to take suggestions on additions to its collection, and most of all its communtiy feel, from the paintings and the photographs in the basement (does anything say "East End" more grandly than that wall mural of the farm field in the stairwell?) to the seas of humanity who wash in and out of the library's doors daily. The view of the Peconic River from the magazine room is unmatched by any of the other three and you can see why people visit here for respite and a touch of elegance.

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Awk, I can't believe the negative reviews of the Riverhead Free Library that I am reading. I live in a school district which is too cheap to build its own library, hence for 20 years I've had to choose between Riverhead, Westhampton, Center Moriches and Mastic-Moriches-Shirley as my home library every July. Despite enormous strides (and additions) made by Mastic, I've always chosen Riverhead for its low key approach to librarying (something the previously-posting complainers could seek to emulate), its computer and printer availability, its willingness to take suggestions on additions to its collection, and most of all its communtiy feel, from the paintings and the photographs in the basement (does anything say "East End" more grandly than that wall mural of the farm field in the stairwell?) to the seas of humanity who wash in and out of the library's doors daily. The view of the Peconic River from the magazine room is unmatched by any of the other three and you can see why people visit here for respite and a touch of elegance.

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This library allows children to run around and scream. I realize it is not the staff's job to parent, but unruly and/or loud children (and adults) should be at first informed of their errant behavior, and should then be asked to leave. When I complainee about this before (believe me, it is really bad) I was told "anyone can use the library". A far cry from the days when the quiet in a library was palpable. And I'm only 32.
Additionally, I want to apologize to the women at circulation for (gasp) asking them to check whether my books (which, while on hold, said were "available") were, in fact, available. The women scoffed at me for asking, and when I told her I had put them on hold yesterday, literally started mock-laughing at me...for several seconds.
There are some women who work the desk and are an absolute delight. Others are mean and unhelpful to the point that I am embarassed for them that they work there. Their contempt for their jobs makes them treat patrons rudely and they should not be employed there, regardless their tenure.

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This library allows children to run around and scream. I realize it is not the staff's job to parent, but unruly and/or loud children (and adults) should be at first informed of their errant behavior, and should then be asked to leave. When I complainee about this before (believe me, it is really bad) I was told "anyone can use the library". A far cry from the days when the quiet in a library was palpable. And I'm only 32.
Additionally, I want to apologize to the women at circulation for (gasp) asking them to check whether my books (which, while on hold, said were "available") were, in fact, available. The women scoffed at me for asking, and when I told her I had put them on hold yesterday, literally started mock-laughing at me...for several seconds.
There are some women who work the desk and are an absolute delight. Others are mean and unhelpful to the point that I am embarassed for them that they work there. Their contempt for their jobs makes them treat patrons rudely and they should not be employed there, regardless their tenure.

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I'm not quite sure if the other two reviews were written by employees or something because me and my family's experiences at the Riverhead Library, especially the children's section was, nicely put, unsatisfactory. Mainly I must say to be fair it is not the whole children's section staff or their selection of books, rather a particular one member who was crass, grumpy and extremely harsh toward my children for no reason. This is not the first time I have seen this person do so, to other children and I think it makes it an unpleasant environment for young kids. And it certainly doesn't please me to see my children upset because they were verbally treated roughly by an unprofessional employee who I've personally never seen do any type of "work" other than to bark at little kids. This is very unsettling as a mother. And after the second time it happened, we decided never to return.

As far as adult books and resources, they are limited, the library consisting of mostly pulp fiction and reference books which they guard like the ark of the covenant. Also, there is currently no bathroom for adults and adults aren't allowed to use the children's bathroom.

Strangely too, there are a significant deal of homeless people who hang about the library regularly and sleep in what used to be the magazine room.

The only thing positive worth mentioning is the summer barn sale of books, but that is run by volunteers, so maybe that's the reason. But I've heard they don't treat their volunteers well either.

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I'm not quite sure if the other two reviews were written by employees or something because me and my family's experiences at the Riverhead Library, especially the children's section was, nicely put, unsatisfactory. Mainly I must say to be fair it is not the whole children's section staff or their selection of books, rather a particular one member who was crass, grumpy and extremely harsh toward my children for no reason. This is not the first time I have seen this person do so, to other children and I think it makes it an unpleasant environment for young kids. And it certainly doesn't please me to see my children upset because they were verbally treated roughly by an unprofessional employee who I've personally never seen do any type of "work" other than to bark at little kids. This is very unsettling as a mother. And after the second time it happened, we decided never to return.

As far as adult books and resources, they are limited, the library consisting of mostly pulp fiction and reference books which they guard like the ark of the covenant. Also, there is currently no bathroom for adults and adults aren't allowed to use the children's bathroom.

Strangely too, there are a significant deal of homeless people who hang about the library regularly and sleep in what used to be the magazine room.

The only thing positive worth mentioning is the summer barn sale of books, but that is run by volunteers, so maybe that's the reason. But I've heard they don't treat their volunteers well either.

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This library is so important to the community. They display community art, alllow people to host meetings, and in general it is the hub of the community. They even have a little cafe. The library has a great selection of movie and books; its music selection is particulary large. There is also a lovey room where you can read periodicals from all over the world. On Monday nights they also show recently released films.

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This library is so important to the community. They display community art, alllow people to host meetings, and in general it is the hub of the community. They even have a little cafe. The library has a great selection of movie and books; its music selection is particulary large. There is also a lovey room where you can read periodicals from all over the world. On Monday nights they also show recently released films.

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This library has tons of programs for children and adults to enjoy. Their childrens section is very large with friendly and helpful people who work there. If you need to find a great childrens program this is the place to go to. They have plenty of books and movies for adults to enjoy also!

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This library has tons of programs for children and adults to enjoy. Their childrens section is very large with friendly and helpful people who work there. If you need to find a great childrens program this is the place to go to. They have plenty of books and movies for adults to enjoy also!

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