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Retiring Larchmont Library Head Saw Many Changes

Larchmont Public Library Director Diane Courtney is retiring at the end of this month after 16 years of service to readers in the Village of Larchmont and the Town of Mamaroneck.

"It was a good library when I came," said Courtney. "I thought I could make it even better, and I hope I have."

When Courtney took over as director of the library in 1995, the staff was still using typewriters. There were no computers or digital archives. Patrons had to go to larger libraries to find the materials they were looking for."If we had to house all the journals and magazines and newspapers, we would need an eight-story building," she said. "Now, with electronic resources, there's no such thing as a small library."Although Larchmont's building still can't hold as many books as bigger libraries, it is connected to the Westchester Library System, and can request books from more than 40 other libraries.

Courtney, 59, grew up in Manhattan and studied at NYU, then Rutgers University, where she received her Master's in Liibrary Science. She got her Master's in Public Administration  through CUNY West Point, a John Jay College extension program run at the United States Military Academy.

"I will miss the people in the community," the Putnam resident said. "They made it worth coming to work every day."

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