Mission Statement

The Catskill Public Library and Palenville Branch Library are dedicated to providing free access to the world of ideas, learning and entertainment for enrichment of their respective communities. Our mission is to continually improve and expand our services, materials and programs to best serve the needs and desires of the residents of Catskill and Palenville, to whom the library belongs.

About Us

The Catskill library was founded in 1893 and is currently housed in a 1901 neo-classical building funded through a grant from Andrew Carnegie. The local history collection includes the A. Fred Saunders Hudson River Steamboats Collection.

The library is located at the corner of Franklin and Bridge Streets in the Village of Catskill, the county seat of Greene County, NY. It is across Bridge Street from the Greene County Supreme Court Building.
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The Palenville location is a Branch of the Catskill Public Library. Our Palenville Branch Library is located in the former Pine Grove Resort on Route 23A in Palenville. The tradition of a library in the Hamlet of Palenville dates back to the 1920’s. Although the location has changed over the years, the tradition of attentive, diligent service to the community has remained the same.

The Palenville Branch is located at # 3303 Rte 23A (as of June 9th, 2015). From Catskill, take 23A west toward Hunter/Tannersville; the library is located on the left after the light in Palenville, on the former site of the Pine Grove resort..
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Catskill Library & Palenville Library Policies

Board of Trustees:

Michael Maloney, President
Gil Bagnell, Vice President
Susan Schamerhorn, Treasurer
Debra Klein, Secretary
Helene Tieger, Trustee
Brian Dewan, Trustee


Library Board meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 6:45pm at either the Catskill Library (1 Franklin St., Catskill) or the Palenville Branch Library (3303 Rte 23A, Palenville, NY). Meetings are subject to change, please call first. 518-943-4230


Director: Sue Ray
Email: Director@catskillpubliclibrary.org
Phone: 518-943-4230