Transparent Language Online and Flipster

Have you ever thought of learning a new language but didn’t have the time or didn’t know how to strart?  Transparent Language Online is for you and it’s available at the Research Center.  It offers the most comprehensive language-learning solution for libraries. With this flexible program, you can quickly and easily learn new languages using our wide variety of courses and activities.

Online Library Card Registration

We have set up the following form to make it easier than ever to get a library card. Once you have your card (and PIN) you can place holds, checkout materials, and access access to a wide range of ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, and other digital resources.

How it Works: Complete the form below. Your information will be forwarded to your nearest public library. Library staff will create your account and contact you with particulars and next steps. Once you have your card & PIN, go to to begin!

Please allow 4 business days for completion.

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4CLS Delivery to be Suspended

As a result of the Coronavirus spreading into the 4CLS service area and out of an abundance of caution, 4CLS’s delivery service between libraries will be suspended beginning Tuesday, March 17. If current plans hold, delivery service will resume on Tuesday, April 14.

During this time, the ability to places holds on items in the online catalog will be suspended.

Should any of these plans changes, notification will be provided.

Construction Aid Workshop

The guidelines, timeline, and procedures for the NYS Construction Aid Program have changed.

Join us on Friday, June 5  from 2 PM -3 PM via GoToMeeting to learn all about it. 

We’ll discuss:

  • Revised Guidelines
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Application components
  • Timelines
  • Reporting requirements

The workshop will also include a demo of the online application portal.

The workshop is free, but registration is required. 

Registrants will be e-mailed connection information for the meeting.

POSTPONED – Copyright for Librarians

Attorney Stephanie Adams will present on issues related to Copyright Law and public libraries. 

  • What is Fair Use? 
  • How closely should libraries oversee patron use of the copier? 
  • Are libraries responsible for what patrons do on public computers?  

These questions and more will be examined. 

The program is free of charge, but registration is required.

Stephanie Adams has a lot of experience working with libraries and non-profits in upstate New York on various areas such as intellectual property, contract, business, not-for-profit, education, construction, and communications with a basis of constitutional and municipal law. (See more)

POSTPONED – E-Content Summit

UPDATE: This meeting has been postponed.  It will be reschedule for a later date.  That date will be distributed when it is available.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


The world of digital content for libraries has been changing rapidly.

Join us for a system-wide conversation.  We’ll discuss the current state of affairs and some of the options for going forward.

Library Trustee Orientation

Join 4CLS Director Steve Bachman on Saturday, February 29 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Sidney Memorial Public Library for a basic overview of public library structure & governance in New York State and the roles & responsibilities of library trustees.

The program is free to attend, but registration is required.

Coffee will be served.