About Us

About the Library:

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Red Hook Public Library has been serving the community of Red Hook and its need for lifelong learning since 1898. In 1935, the library made its home in a mid-nineteenth century octagonal building based on the designs of Orson Squire Fowler. In 2013 and 2014, it was designated a five-star library by Library Journal. The library was chosen as a finalist for the Best Small Library in America award, given by Library Journal and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in 2015.


Red Hook Public Library is a place of ideas, creativity and imagination. Our vision is to create innovative opportunities that enrich the lives of Red Hook residents by providing information that inspires curiosity and leads to learning experiences for patrons of all ages.


The mission of the Red Hook Public Library is to encourage free and open access to learning, to be a place where Red Hook connects and a place for all to experience the joy of reading and the power of information.

Board of Trustees:

Barry Ramage (President), Maryelisa Blundell (Vice President), Jill Hall (Treasurer), Karen Sipperley (Secretary), Don O’Shea. The Red Hook Library Board of Trustees meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Meetings are open to the public. Draft meeting dates follow, but are subject to change. Please contact the library to confirm.

Thursday, January 15
Thursday, February 19
Thursday, March 19
Thursday, April 16
Thursday, May 21
Thursday, June 18
Thursday, July 16
Thursday, August 20
Thursday, September 17
Thursday, October 15
Thursday, November 19
Thursday, December 17


Director Erica Freudenberger