Palisades Free Library Website

Mission Statement
The Palisades Free Library enjoys a unique relationship with the hamlet of Palisades as a vibrant cultural landmark. The library’s mission is to promote, support and sustain this relationship through its work as a public resource for education, information, and enlightenment. It will continue to promote intellectual freedom and public discourse, as it adapts to the changing cultural and intellectual needs of its citizens. The Palisades Free Library endeavors to fulfill its mission through responsible governance, ensuring a consistent and durable future for itself and for the residents of Palisades.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees October 8, 2014.
About Us
The Palisades Free Library is an Association Library  and has been chartered by the New York State Department of Education.  The library contracts with the Town of Orangetown to provide public library services to its citizens.  The library is a member of the Ramapo Catskill Library System which is a cooperative of libraries that share materials through interlibrary loan.
We issue library cards to residents of Palisades and Sparkill.  Our programs may be limited by age group but are open to residents from all areas.  Registration is usually required.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday, 11am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm
Sundays 1pm - 5pm
(Closed Summer Sundays)
Board of Trustees
Library Staff

How to Get a Library Card
Residents of Palisades and Sparkill are eligible to receive a free library card.
Present photo identification, such as a driver's license. If your driver's license does not have your current street address please provide 1 proofs of address, such as a utility bill.
Children over the age of 5 may sign up for their own library card.
Residents of New Jersey who wish to get a Palisades Free Library card may purchase a family card for $450.00. 
We will replace your library card for free the first time it is lost or misplaced. We reserve the right to charge a library card replacement fee of $3.00 for each additional card.

Report to the Community
2018 Report

2017 Report

Annual Report to New York State

2017 Report

2016 Report

Rules of Conduct
These rules are designed for the comfort and safety of all library patrons, staff and persons using and having a legitimate purpose for being present on the library premises.  Failure to comply with the rules may lead to expulsion from the library.
Shirts, shoes and clothing appropriate for public spaces must be worn in the library. Wet bathing suits are not permitted.
Food:  The staff reserves the right to bar any food that is brought into the library. 
Alcohol is not permitted except at programs sponsored by the Library.
Drugs: The use of illegal drugs on library premises is prohibited.
Animals and pets are not permitted in the building. Service animals are permitted and staff may ask (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform.
Please do not:
  • Place your feet on tables or chairs
  • Run, jump or play with sports equipment
  • Interfere with other patron’s legitimate use of the library
  • Interfere with staff performing library operations, including but not limited to, the opening and closing of the building
  • Loiter, sleep, solicit, smoke or use e-cigarettes or an electronic nicotine delivery system in or around the library
  • Harass patrons or staff1
  • Engage in sexual activity, exhibitionism or indecent exposure in or around the library
  • Display potentially offensive graphics on personal or public computers
  • Leave children age 7 and under unsupervised 2
  • Deface property
  • Rearrange any library furniture without permission
  • Speak in a loud voice or engage in conversations that disturb others or use profanity
  • Bring bicycles into the building or leave strollers unattended in the building
1) Harass is defined as any repeated verbal or nonverbal conduct which is specifically intended or reasonably expected to intimidate, frighten, embarrass, seriously annoy, or anger the person or persons who are the object of such conduct or which the person accused has reason to know is likely to produce such reactions, or as any repeated verbal communication which, by it very utterance, inflicts injury, fear or other emotional trauma or upset, or tends to incite and immediate breach of the peace, and which conduct serves no legitimate purpose.
2) It is the policy of the library that the parent is responsible for a child’s behavior in the library and we take no responsibility for the safety of an unattended child
The librarian in charge may expel an offender without a warning in situations of serious, threatening, or willfully malicious behavior.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees April 9, 2014 and updated September 2, 2015.

Palisades Free Library Bylaws
Palisades Free Library Bylaws - Censorship Clause
Bylaws - Censorship Clause
Community Meeting Room
The Marie H. Firestone Meeting Room may be reserved for use by non-profit organizations. Individuals may use the room for studying when it is not scheduled for other purposes.

Meeting Room Policy and Application (print form)

Meeting Room Policy and Application (online form)

The Community Room may also be used for exhibits or displays. All local residents, organizations, collectors and amateur artists are invited to come forward and apply for consideration.

Exhibit and Display Policy

Exhibit/Display Application (online form)

Questions?! Contact the library at (845)359-0136 or
Open Meetings Policy
All regular, special, and working board meetings of the Palisades Free Library are open to the public. Please click the following link to view the full policy: Open Meetings Policy
Investment Policy
It is the policy of the Library to invest public funds in a manner which will provide the highest return with the maximum security while meeting cash flow demands.  All investments will conform to all applicable laws and regulations governing the investment of public funds. Please click the following link to view the full policy: Investment Policy
Internet Policy
Internet access is available on selected public computers for all users of the Palisades Free Library.  The library’s Internet access is intended primarily as an information resource. Please click the following link to view the full internet policy: Internet Policy
Gifts and Donations Policy
The library acknowledges the great importance of gifts and donations to the Library’s future development and growth. The Library welcomes gifts of money, library materials, furnishings, or real property. If you are interested in making a donation to the Library, please click the following link to view the full policy:

Gifts and Donations Policy
Programming Policy
The purpose of programs at the Palisades Free Library is to fulfill the Library’s mission as a public resource for education, enlightenment, and public discourse. Please click the following link to view the full policy:

Programming Policy
Collection Development Policy & Reconsideration Form
The purpose of the Collection Development Policy is to fulfill the Library’s mission as a public resource for education, information, enlightenment, intellectual freedom and public discourse. Please click the following link to view the full policy: Collection Development Policy

The Request for Reconsideration of Library Material form must be fully completed and submitted to the library director in order for an item to be reconsidered: Request for Reconsideration of Library Material
Video Game Collection Development Policy & Procedure
The Palisades Free Library offers video games for circulation to its patrons to serve the community’s gaming needs. Please click the following link to view the full policy: Video Game Collection Development Policy & Procedure

Security Camera Policy
In the interest of maintaining a safe and secure environment for the public and staff members, and to ensure the security of collections and facilities, the Palisades Free Library will utilize video recording equipment. Please click the following link to view the full policy:

Security Camera Policy
Meeting Minutes
Below are the most up to date minutes of the meetings of the library board of trustees.
Survey Results
Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey. Here are the results.