The Four County Library System (4CLS) is located in south-central New York and covers Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego County. 4CLS’s 4,000 square mile service area includes 42 member libraries. The largest library in the system is the Broome County Public Library, situated in Binghamton and chartered to serve to the entire county’s population. On the other end of the spectrum, there are six member libraries that serve communities with less than a thousand people. The smallest is Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns. That library has a chartered to serve area has a population of 351. Like most systems, 4CLS contains a mix of municipal public, association, and school district libraries. Recently, several library in the system secured stable funding through propositions on their local school district ballots.
4CLS’s services to the member libraries include automation from Sirsi/Dynix, web hosting, consolidated ordering, central processing, and several circuit programs. The system has also underwritten online and digital initiatives including a suite of online resources called the Research Center and digital content through Overdrive. The system also just went live with Blue Cloud Commerce, a program through Sirsi/Synix whereby patrons can pay their fines through the online catalog with a credit card.
4CLS also provides consulting services in a number of areas including youth services, outreach, ballot referendums, weeding, and collection management. As part of its outreach services, 4CLS operates a satellite-linked Cybermobile. The vehicle carries books and other library materials out to nursing homes and rural areas without libraries.