New Library Update & Grand Opening Invitation!

You Are Invited: Save the Date!

The grand opening of the new Claverack Free Library and community center is set for Saturday, October 26th: Noon- 4PM.

Sponsored by Kneller Insurance Agency & Dog Wood Farm Bakery.


All are invited for an afternoon of festivities, including ribbon cutting, in addition to Claverack Library representatives, speakers will include the Honorable Kippy Weigelt, Claverack Town Supervisor; the Honorable Antonio Delgado, U.S. Congressman, 19th District of New York; the Honorable Didi Barrett, New York State Assembly District 106Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director, New York Library Association; and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Library System., tours and autumnal refreshments to celebrate the opening of the new library in the former A.B. Shaw Firehouse at 629 Route 23B, Claverack.

Please plan to join us for this historic event in Claverack. It’s just the beginning.

After many years of careful planning and phased construction, the new Claverack Library is full of surprises and promises to be a vibrant destination in the heart of Columbia County. In addition to offering traditional lending and literacy services, as well as free programming, today’s libraries host an array of flexible spaces, spaces for people of all ages to gather, collaborate, create, learn, explore and grow.
This new facility will not only transform one of most valuable and visible institutions in the community, it will help shape the future of our town and environs for generations to come.

The board of trustees and library staff are grateful for the generous support of more than 700 of our neighbors, area businesses, and private charitable foundations. Thanks to this community commitment – and construction grants from New York State’s Division of Library Development, the Economic Development Program, and the State and Municipal Facilities Program – the capital campaign has raised more than $2.6 million, without incurring debt.


For more information, contact the library at 518.851.7120,, or visit