Our Collection

A Library is Your Window to Learning

We maintain up-to-date collections of books for infants, children, youth and adults. We have books on CDs, DVDs, magazines, for children and adults. We also have a collection of Great Courses and a local history section. Each year we add to the collection items that reflect the needs of the community and keep the collection timely. We appreciate any suggestions you have for additions to our collection.

For Children

Children’s books are a growing stairway to learning and loving books. First there are Board Books where children become familiar with touching and seeing (yes, even tasting). Usually parents also read aloud and enjoy Picture Books at this age.


We also have:

  • First Words Books
  • Easy Readers
  • Easy Readers Non-Fiction
  • Easy Junior Fiction
  • Junior Fiction
  • Junior Non-Fiction
  • Graphic Novels (great for reluctant readers)
  • Junior Biography
  • Young Adult
  • Young Adult Non-Fiction
  • Young Adult Biography
  • Additional resources for kids

For Adults

For adults, the library maintains:

  • Fiction
  • Large Print Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Biography
  • Non-Fiction

The Children's Room at the North Chatham Free Library

Loan periods

  • Books – 3 weeks
  • DVD – single 1 week
  • DVD – multiple disks 3 weeks
  • CDs – 3 weeks
  • Magazines – 3 weeks

Circulation Policy

With your library card, you are a member of the Mid-Hudson Library System. Besides the items that the 66 Mid-Hudson libraries have in their collections, you can also use downloadable audios, eBooks, eMagazines and online databases.
Read the full policy.

Additional Services

  • Free access to computers
  • Scan, print, copy – wide format
  • Fax documents
  • Free WiFi throughout the building, in the parking lot and back garden area
  • Public meeting spaces
  • Computer help on Mondays

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