About Us

The Poughkeepsie Public Library District is a special legislative district created to provide public library service to the residents of the City and Town of Poughkeepsie, New York. As such, the voters in each municipality annually vote on an operating budget and, from time to time, supplemental and capital programs. The Library District is its own independent authority and is governed by its legislation, applicable public law, and its by-laws. For further information on the organization and administration of the Library District, contact Tom Lawrence, Executive Director at (845) 485-3445 x 3306.


The Poughkeepsie Public Library District will have vibrant libraries where people want to be. It will meet the needs of a diverse and growing constituency by providing services and partnering with other community organizations. The Board of Trustees and the staff will work together to serve the public and to respond to the changing nature of library services.

Mission Statement

The Poughkeepsie Public Library District will offer the community diverse services and programs resulting in an informed and educated public, and will promote lifelong learning, literacy, and reading.

The mission statement is reviewed periodically by the Board of Trustees of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District.