New Library

The New Claverack Library Needs You!


The new library is now nearing completion and plans to open on October 26, 2019.

A final push is underway to secure $123,000 for furnishings and contingencies.


The Claverack Free Library & Reading Room Association has served as a catalyst in the heart of our community in a number of locations since its charter in 1829. Building upon the library’s rich history of service to Claverack and the surrounding area, the trustees are at work to create a new, enhanced library facility to transform the library and the community – the library Claverack needs and deserves.

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Current library built in 1932

Today’s libraries connect the communities they serve by offering a neutral place for stimulating social, intellectual, and cultural exchanges.

The present library building, constructed in 1932, no longer allows the library to meet the growing and fast-changing needs of its patrons. With the acquisition and adaptive reuse of the former A.B. Shaw firehouse next door, this latest iteration creates a space capable of hosting and collaborating with complementary organizations to reduce duplication of facilities and services region-wide.


Please join the 650 generous partners who believe in the power of this vibrant community center – a place of opportunities and possibilities – with your donation to the new Claverack Free Library.



Public Funding

It is important to know that no local taxes have been used to fund construction of the new Claverack Free Library building.

Library Finances

Help Create the New Library

A capital campaign to create a new library to better serve Claverack is just $123,000 short of the fundraising goal.

Independent of the library’s annual operating budget, the capital campaign budget includes architectural and engineering design fees, permitting fees, and attendant construction costs necessary to create the new library. No local tax dollars are used to fund the capital campaign budget, and every effort is being made to keep costs within this budget.

To make the new library a reality, and to supplement grant funding from government and private foundations, a new library committee made up of trustees and community volunteers seeks the support of every member of the community, as well as that of local businesses, and civic and community organizations. It is vitally important that the community participates in and supports this endeavor to improve the quality of life in Claverack and surrounding area. One hundred percent of the Board of Trustees has pledged support to the capital campaign.

The Claverack Free Library’s capital campaign committee recognizes every donation made to date and is grateful for the support.

Our Donors




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