What is a Central Library:
Each library system in New York State has one or two central libraries. Flower Library in Watertown is the Central Library for the North Country Library System (NCLS). Central Libraries function as a major reference, information, inter-library loan and electronic resource for the system.
According to New York State Education Law, the library system and central library may use Central Library Aid (CLA) for the implementation of program and priorities of the Central Library as described in the library system's approved Five Year Plan of Service. This can also be found on the Documents Tab.
There are two types of Central Library Aid (CLA): Central Library Division Aid (CLDA) and Central Library Book Aid (CBA). The Central Library Advisory Committee (CLAC) creates a yearly budget and makes decisions on how the CLDA money is to be spent. These funds are used to improve services to residents of the entire library system. CLDA funds are typically used to fund personnel, marketing tools and system wide access to databases.
Databases paid for using Central Library Division Aid (CLDA): Printable "How to" Guides can be found here.
Flower Library uses Central Library Book Aid (CBA) to purchase, house and lend:
How are funding decisions made?
Using NYS Education Law and the NCLS Central Library Plan of Service as guides, the Central Library Committee (CLAC) makes recommendations for use of the Central Library Aid (CLA) funds by creating a yearly budget. The committee makes budget decisions based on the review of database usage, library staff needs and survey information. This budget, once approved by the CLAC is then approved by Flower Library board, then by the NCLS board. Click here for the 2021 Central Library Budget.
What services does the Central Library provide?
Flower Library works with NCLS to:
If you would like Flower Library to purchase an Adult Non Fiction item, you can do one of the following:
If you would like Flower Library to answer a reference question, you can do one of the following: