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

What is a Library?

A library is any place that stores books, information or reading material. Libraries exist at the national, state and city levels with some being private and others public. Some larger library systems have locations in multiple cities or towns, also known as branches. There are also college and university libraries.

Although a library traditionally contained only books, most libraries nowadays feature digital research databases, newspapers, magazines, CDs, and DVDs. Often, access to the internet is also available through onsite computers. Some libraries still use older forms of media, such as videotapes and microfiche, and others include more advanced options like e-books and blue-rays.