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Pember Library

Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections
The Pember Library & Museum of Natural History – Pat Wesner

Franklin and Ellen Pember gave the Pember Library & Museum of Natural History to the people of the village of Granville, in 1909. It consists of a Library on the first floor and a Museum of Natural History on the second floor. The Pember was built as a Library-Museum and was never used as a private home, although many people think so. It has beautiful woodwork and a wide staircase, as well as an extraordinary marbleized slate fireplace. The Library has a Victorian air about it that we emphasize at our Holiday Open House in December.

In the beginning, patrons needed to ask the librarian for the book they wanted and were never permitted behind the gate to the stacks. (You can still see where the gate was.) Today, patrons are welcome to browse the shelves to select books, videos, audio books, computer programs, and kits for children, independently.


For 102 years, the Pember Library and Museum of Natural History have provided a combination of distinctive local library services and programs and a unique and valuable museum collection for the enjoyment and educational pursuits of area children and families. The library on the first floor of the Pember building provides first quality library resources to the residents of the area. The library provides access to computers and the New York State library system, enabling patrons to borrow any book in print. The Pember Library is the first rural library to offer 24 hour 7 day a week wireless Internet access and laptop computers for patron’s use. The library houses a local history collection with thousands of records, photos, historic documents and genealogy records.

Don't Miss This When Visiting

LUCY the resident Pember Cat. Local History Collections and Geneology resources.

Identify And Describe The Management Organization

The Pember Library and Museum was chartered as a library on May 1, 1909 by New York State to serve the village of Granville but actually serves the village of Granville, the town of Granville, and many patrons from Hartford, Hampton, Whitehall, Fort Ann, Hebron, other parts of Washington county, and several local Vermont towns.

Lending Policy


Season And Hours Open

Tuesday 9-5, Wednesday 1-8, Thursday 1-8, Friday 12-5, Saturday 10-3