The Rosendale Library, a Special District Public Library founded in 1958, is a member of the Mid-Hudson Library System.  Election of the Rosendale Library Board of Trustees and budget vote takes place on the first Thursday of September, and is open to all registered voters in the Town of Rosendale NY.

Mission: The Rosendale Library provides effective library services to the Rosendale community. It makes available materials in both print and electronic formats which serve the informational, educational, recreational, and leisure needs of the community from pre-school to adult.


    1. The staff shall assist the community in accessing all forms of media (including but not limited to books, electronic, audio and visual) in the Rosendale Library and MHLS.
    2. The staff shall maintain and seek to expand the library’s current collections (especially the local history collection) and inventory of government and other public documents.
    3. The staff shall strive to stimulate children’s interest in reading and learning and engage families through such programs as story hour, summer reading programs and other activities.
    4. The staff shall strive to reach out to young adults, adults and seniors by providing special programs and learning experiences for personal enrichment.

(Approved by the Board July 15, 2009)

Board of Trustees

President: Sheila Dixon
Vice President: Jacky Davis-Soman
Trustees: Rose Unes, Carl Welden, Bill Stamm, Craig Zisman, Beth King, Rachel Helm

Library Director: Katie Scott-Childress, email

The Board of Trustees meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Please see our Public Meeting Video Conferencing Policy.

2021 Library Budget

2022 Library Budget

2023 Library Budget

Board Meeting Minutes

Annual Report to New York State

2022-2024 Plan of Service

Committees generally meet one hour before the board meeting. Please contact the library to confirm the times of committee meetings. Residents of the Town of Rosendale who wish to serve on the board can circulate a petition to be on the ballot for the library’s annual fall election. Please contact the library to obtain a petition and learn more about the election process.

Library Closings 2022

Saturday, January 1, New Year’s Day
Monday, January 17, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, May 30, Memorial Day
Monday, June 20th, Juneteenth
Monday, July 4, Independence Day
Saturday, July 16, Rosendale Street Festival
Monday, September 5, Labor Day
Monday, October 10, Indigenous Day
Friday, November 11, Veteran’s Day
Thursday, November 24, and Friday November 25
Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday December 23, and Saturday, December 24
Christmas Holiday


Currently we are not accepting book donations, however, we do accept donations of children’s books. The library is always seeking financial donations to help us provide the best possible service to the community.


The 2022 budget can be seen here. The 2022 tax appropriation is $329,000. We are doing all we can to hold down costs during this difficult economic time. The Friends of the Library have stepped up tremendously to help fund building renovations and have committed to help support the library with donations in the coming year. The board is planning further renovations to make the library more accessible, and has been saving capital reserve funds over many years to make that possible.


The Friends group meets bimonthly on the second Saturday of the month
starting in January 10 a.m. at The Rosendale Cafe. (Virtually during the pandemic.) Visit the Friend’s webpage to find out more.

Visit the Friends of the Library

Local Links