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

View Monthly Events View Calendar

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 donations of new and nearly new books. Please no textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books or anything old, damaged. Donations of up to 50 books can be brought to the library; large donations can be made by calling Library administration, 845-563-3605.

Books Fairs are held twice a year. The main Book Fair is held in May or June, followed by the Fall Holiday Book Fair, usually held in November. These fairs offer quality best-sellers, popular fiction and non-fiction, children’s books and other specialty books. Admission is free.

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