Main Library:
Mon. - Thurs.: 9 a.m - 9 p.m.
Fri. & Sat.: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun.: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: Main: 845-563-3600 Branch: 845-566-0460

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Friends of the Library

The Library needs more than books. It needs Friends.

Friends of the Newburgh Free Library are a volunteer group of people who believe in the importance of books, cultural activities, and libraries, for people of all ages.


  • To increase community awareness and use of the Newburgh Free Library;
  • To raise money for gifts for the Library;
  • To sponsor programs to add to the cultural life of the community;
  • To create public support for the Library.


The Friends of the Library host an Appreciation Day Luncheon
for the staff at the Newburgh Free Library each year. The members of the Friends 
include, from left to right:  Paul Hill, Judy Boucher, Anne Whipple, Debby Hill,
Elsie Beauchamp, 
Jackie Fairly, Thelma Underhill, President Suzanne Dawes,
Robin Grove a
nd Lou Dawes.


REGULAR MEETINGS – The Friends of the Newburgh Free Library meet the last Wednesday of every month at the Main Library at 7 p.m. Help plan activities to support the Library. New members are welcome.

ART SHOW – Each year in April the Friends supports a non-juried Community Art Show hosted by the Newburgh Free Library and open to all artists in the area. Artists compete for awards in several categories including Best of Show.

BOOK DONATIONS – The Friends welcome new and nearly new books. Please no textbooks, magazines, computer books or books that are old and/or damaged.

The Fall Holiday Book Sale offers quality best-sellers, coffee table books, art books and other books that are perfect for gift giving. Admission is free.


Friends Book Sale Preview – Sat., May 20 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Get first picks on great books. $10 admission fee supports the Library and includes a one-year membership to the Friends.

Friends Book Fair – Sat., May 20 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Sun., May 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This book sale offers great books and a great selection. Featured are bestsellers, other hardcover and paperback books, children’s books and specialty books. Tote bags can also be purchased.
Admission is free.which gives you a year’s membership to the Friends.

A reception for local authors and illustrator is held every two years. The event includes several notable speakers and an opportunity to buy books and meet local talent. If you wish to be part of this event, call 845-563-3619 or 845-563-3629.

PROGRAMS AND MATERIALS – Funds raised by the Friends are used to help support library activities such as cultural events and the Summer Reading Program, and for materials such as DVDs, books on CD and new titles. An annual Regina Angelo Scholarship is given to a Newburgh Free Academy student who has been actively involved in community service.

You may download our membership form.

For information about the Friends, call 845-563-3619 or email