Library Returns to No-Contact Pickup

The Chatham Public Library is returning to no-contact pickup, the building will be closed to the public. Please use the outdoor drop box for returns.

Use the online catalog on our website to search and place holds, or email/call the library: or 518-392-3666 (please have your library card barcode ready) and when you receive notice your items are ready please email or call to schedule a pickup day. On pick up day, your items will be checked out to you, and placed in our downstairs foyer, and labelled with your name.

Want to print something? Email it to us and we can print it out for you and have it ready for pickup.

  • Masks/face coverings required for pickup
  • Chromebooks available for checkout
Chatham Library Curbside Hours are:
Mon & Wed  10–8
Tues & Fri 10–5
Thurs 11–5
Sat 10–3
Closed Sun
No-contact pickup is available at the Canaan Library
Wed & Friday 1-4

We are not accepting donations of  book or other materials.

NY State Tax Forms

New York State Tax forms at the library!Forms and instruction booklets are available in the lobby downstairs next to the pick up table. We do not have any Federal Tax forms at this time. If you need a federal form printed, please contact the library; printing is $.25 a page. Please check our website or Facebook for updates on Federal Tax forms.

Interested in local history, beautiful photographs, or 100 year old postcards with 1 cent stamps? Head on over to NY Heritage and browse the Chatham Public Library’s historical postcard collection!

The Food Drive Continues!

The Chatham Public Library would like to thank our community for their generous support during our recent Food Drive. Staff made 5 separate deliveries to the Chatham & Ghent Food  Pantries, amounting to hundreds of pounds of food stuffs, pet food, sundries and personal items.

Due to the success of our community’s donations, the Chatham Food Pantry has arranged to continue the drive and will be making weekly stops to collect donations!

We are grateful to each and every person who donated and to those who continue to do so. Please accept our thanks and appreciation for being a part of the Great Giveback!

Dream Circle Saturday with Louisa Heyward: March 6th at 2:00pm

Our night-time dreams are reflections of our consciousness. They offer us healing from trauma as well as deeper connection to our soul, our creativity and our gifts. Join an online weekly Saturday afternoon workshop for anyone interested in opening to the wisdom of their dreams through the approaches of Embodied Dreamwork. This is a tradition which invites understanding not by looking to a dictionary of symbols but by feeling into our experience of a particular dream and exploring what associations and emotions it calls up within us. Meaning is individual and specific to its dreamer’s life history.


Participants are invited to bring one or several dreams to each session (recent or old). The class will open each class with a talk about how the inner world of dreams relates to our outer world. This will be followed by a contemplative exercise in which participants can explore dream moments via writing or drawing. After this, there will be opportunity for thoughtfully facilitated sharing. This workshop will go from January 23rd until March 13th. To sign up and receive the weekly Zoom link, click here.

Virtual Readers Theater


Set in the style of old-time radio programs, the Columbia County Library Association Readers Theater is a community theater event held online. Each month brings to life a different theme.

The eleven libraries of Columbia County are taking advantage of the virtual landscape by bringing Readers Theater to you! If you are interested in participating in readings, please sign up by calling the New Lebanon Public Library at 518-794-8844. There is no age limit, the only requirement is an enthusiasm for reading.

Lloyd the Geek Virtual Computer Assistance: Tuesday, March 16th 3-5pm

Do you need help with your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other device? Sign up for a one-on-one online session with tech expert Heather Lloyd! Call the library to schedule an appointment. 

Memoir Writing Group: Tuesdays at 10:30am on Zoom

Now meeting on Zoom. Writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry are also welcome. Everyone has a story – share yours! Please call Ilona Garcen 518 392-1178 for further information. New writers are welcome!

February: 2, 9, 16, & 23rd

March: 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30th

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Starting Oct. 15,
  • please use this address for Kanopy:
  • the credit cap is now 4 credits per month–a credit gets used once you watch two minutes of a video, so if you’re not sure about a film, watch a trailer on YouTube first.