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Plattsburgh Public Library

Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections
Stanley Ransom

the building dates back to 1875, when it was built as a High School. The Library took over the building in 1940 and a renovation adding a new front was completed in 1970.

The Friends of the Library have rotating Art Exhibits during the year and also hold two large Book Sales in April and in October.


Rev. N. Richards of the Baptist Church was among the first to organize a modern lending library in Plattsburgh; in 1894 the State Superintendent of Libraries granted a formal library charter. The library continued to expand, and in 1940, it relocated to the former Plattsburgh High School. Works Progress Administration funds financed extensive renovations.

Don't Miss This When Visiting

We have a large auditorium on the second floor with local area historic pictures. We have a large Childrens Room on the Lower Level. We have a new Computer and Job Resource Center on the First Floor. We have a collection of local pamphlets and brochures and maps about the local area, and also giveaway maps of places to visit in the area and beyond. We have a large Reference Room with 9 public access computers which may be used an hour at a time. We have an excellent local history room with genealogy databases and resources for those interest in their local ancestors.

Identify And Describe The Management Organization

Plattsburgh Public Library is a department of the City of Plattsburgh and a tax-exempt entity. It has a 13 person Board of Trustees appointed by the Mayor And Common Council. Each trustee serves a five year term.

Lending Policy

We lend to any resident of Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties, NY

Suggested Further Reading

History of Plattsburgh, by Marjorie Lansing Porter.


Season And Hours Open

Hours: Monday, Friday and Saturday, 9am-5pm. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9am to 8pm.