Spring Cleaning with the Newburgh Free Library

Device Drive

Join the Newburgh Free Library Device Drive and Special Paperback Drive this spring. The Device Drive will consist of donations of mobile devices (tablet or phone) and the AC Adapter charging cables. The donations will be made to the Friends of the Newburgh Free Library. The library will only accept devices that are in working order, have no cracked screens, and have been reset to factory settings.

Reset your device by following these instructions:

  • Android devices - open up the Settings app then tap System > Advanced > Reset options, and then Erase all data (factory reset);
  • iOS devices – open up the Settings app then tap General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

You can drop off any cleared mobile device to the Main Library at 124 Grand Street, Newburgh NY 12550 or at the Newburgh Mall branch at 1401 NY-300, Newburgh, NY 12550.  If you need help resetting your device, contact Sue Scott by e-mail at suescott@rcls.org or by phone at 845-563-3609.

The Device Drive will run from March 15 to April 30.

The donated devices will be used in the future to provide e-mail access to Newburgh job hunters as the library continues the work to decrease the digital divide that exists in the community. In Newburgh, 34% of the citizens do not have a broadband internet subscription, and 22% have no computer. Often, job seekers go to the library for help with applications to retail and grocery stores but they do not have a way to check for responses. The goal is to provide a device with e-mail and the training to use it wherever Wi-Fi is available.

The Special Paperback Drive’s goal is to Support Local Area Correctional Facilities. The library is now accepting adult, small paperback fiction novels in good condition to be donated. Donations of less than 20 items can be placed into the book return. For donations over 20 items, patrons should call 845-563-3605 to arrange a drop off time. Help support access to literacy and reading! Please note, only donations for adult, paperback novels will be accepted at the Main Library and the Newburgh Free Library is not currently accepting any other items.

For more information, visit the Newburgh Free Library website HERE.