Plattekill Public Library     

Welcome to The Library    

Wherever you are from, we want to make you feel that you are at home here.    

(845) 883-7286

Library Hours:

Monday - 12pm to 5pm 

Tuesday - 10am to 7pm 

Wednesday - 10am to 7pm 

Thursday - 10am to 7pm 

Friday - 10am to 5pm 

Saturday - 10am to 2pm

We want every person who comes into our library to feel at home. 
This is your library; with friendly help to work with you to help get what you need.

           Mission Statement

The mission of the Plattekill Public Library shall be to promote a lifelong appreciation for reading and other forms of learning. The library will strive to meet the educational, informational, cultural, professional, and recreational needs of the growing and diverse community it serves.

Access for persons with a disability:
The Library is on the second floor of the Library/Plattekill Community Center building. It is accessible by a stairlift from the lobby to the second floor.

Contact us:


The Library is located on Rt. 32 in Modena, about 1000' south of the traffic light at the intersection with Rt. 44-55, slightly south of  Hannaford's and the Stewarts' Shop. 

  • The horizontal red line is Rt. 44-55. 
  • Rt. 32 runs south from New Paltz.  
  • The library is about 1000 feet south of the intersection.

Library Card:

To get a library card, you must present identification such as a drivers' license, lease, or phone bill with your current address. 

You can borrow Books, Audiobooks (Both CDs and downloadable), and Music CDs for three weeks. Magazines and movies are for 1 week and are not renewable. Other items can be renewed as long as a request has not been placed by another patron. You can renew by telephone if you give your library card number or renew online.

Borrowing limits:


Maximum fine $5 per item. Pay fines in person, or online by credit card. Lost or damaged items are charged the replacement cost.

Service Area:

Wherever you are from, we will happily let you use our library.

This section refers to information about our legal service area.

The Library district service area consists of most of the Town of Plattekill- except for some of the Clintondale area and the eastern most portion of Plattekill which are in the respective jurisdictions of the Highland and Marlboro Libraries (this is due to the school district boundaries for those school district funded public libraries). If you live in this portion of the Town of Plattekill, you are eligible to be elected to the Board of Trustees.

Plattekill is a part of the Mid Hudson Library System, which requires cooperation between libraries including honoring district boundaries. We will happily let residents of the Wallkill School District and the Town of Gardiner use our library and get a Library Card, but it will be restricted to use only at the Plattekill Public Library.

  Library Calendar and Events          


Established as a reading center in 1972.

The Library building was originally a primary school, which was closed as a school by the Wallkill School District in June, 1973, whereupon the Plattekill Reading Center moved into the building and began paying rent to the district. In 1982, the district deeded the property to the Town for the Reading Center.

A Provisional Charter, number 18,649 was granted by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York on March 23, 1984 to incorporate

 "Anna Madariaga, Janis Stock, Don Fried, Emilie Rappleyea, Elizabeth McClellin, David Gregory, Zena Taylor, Joseph Reigada and Kristine Abramson and their associates and successors in office as a free association library, in accordance with the vote establishing the same, under the corporate name of Plattekill Library, to be located in Modena, county of Ulster, state of New York."

An Absolute Charter, number 20,422, was granted on April 14, 1989.

In 2002, the 30th anniversary of the Library, a public vote on making the library a public institution directly under the control of the residents of the Town of Plattekill passed by 143 to 84 votes. The library became a public library on January 1, 2003.

Surviving facts:

On May 8, 2000, Joan F. Gierisch, who was once Plattekill's assistant librarian, passed on. The Times Herald Record printed her obituary on May 11. The Library was closed during her memorial service in honor to a beloved friend. Over $840 was donated to the Library in memorial.

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