Black Studies/Hispanic Studies

A wide ranging collection that covers all facets of Black and Hispanic life. It includes separate collections of works by Black and Hispanic authors. The Black Studies Collection also has a separate Reference section.

Talking Books and Braille Service for Nassau Residents

Talking books are audiobooks in a specialized format that is easy to use for people with visual and physical disabilities. You can receive the books by mail, postage free, or download them using a computer or mobile device.

To borrow audio or braille books from the Andrew Heiskell Library you must first register with them. Please contact our Reference Department for more information.

World Language Collection

The World Language Collection contains over 13,000 books in more than 20 languages. This collection serves the recreational reading needs of patrons, adult and children, throughout Nassau County who read a language other than English.

Titles in the following special collections are accessible by appointment only and cannot be borrowed:

Early American Textbooks

A number of 18th and 19th century textbooks on a variety of subjects. They were a gift to the library.

Long Island History

The Long Island History Collection contains books about the history of Long Island with emphasis on the early history and residents of Hempstead.

New York State History

The Library has a small collection of book material relating to the history and residents of New York State.

Walt Whitman

The Library maintains a small collection of materials by and about Long Island poet Walt Whitman who once taught school in Hempstead.