Columbia County Library

Find Columbia County New York libraries, such as state, town, city, public, private, college and university library branches. Libraries provide information on applications, borrowing books, ebooks, library programs, online databases and research.


Claverack Library 629 Route 23 Claverack NY 12513 518-851-7120


Germantown Library 31 Palatine Park Road Germantown NY 12526 518-537-5800

Kinderhook Memorial Library 18 Hudson Street Kinderhook NY 12106 518-758-6192

New Lebanon Library 550 Highway 20 New Lebanon NY 12125 518-794-8844

Philmont Public Library 101 Main Street Hudson NY 12534 518-672-5010

Valatie Free Library 3203 Church Street Valatie NY 12184 518-758-9321

How are Public Libraries funded?

The vast majority of funding that supports the operation of Public Libraries comes from county and local governments. At times, grant funding may be available for specific programs, projects, or capital improvements. Fees for special programs and services account for a relatively small percentage of revenue for Public Libraries.

What are the Friends of the Library?

Friends of the Library are organizations formed to support their local Public Libraries. They typically establish themselves as independent, non-profit organizations that conduct fundraising to supplement Library resources and organize Library related events.

What is the Dewey Decimal system?

The Dewey Decimal system is a classification system used in many libraries to organize their books. The classification number allows for books to easily be located or returned to their assigned place in the library. The system is constantly revised to keep up with changes in the libraries.