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.

Acorn TV Discontinued

Attention! OverDrive has informed us that they will be discontinuing RB Digital’s Acorn TV service starting May 14th.

May 13th is the last day you will be able to check out a 7-day pass to Acorn TV.

Currently, there is no alternative for accessing Acorn TV through the library. However, the Chatham Public Library offers other online resources such as Hoopla, which offers BBC television and films, as well as Kanopy, which offers independent and mainstream films, documentaries, and classic movies.

Authors & Artists: Saturday, May 8th at 3:30pm with Ellen Kanner

Join us on Zoom to hear Ellen Kanner read excerpts from her book, “Feeding the Hungry Ghost.” More than a vegan cookbook, it’s seasoned with stories that will make you stand up and cheer, and gentle nudges that aim to serve up what we’re hungry for: a more vital self, more loving and meaningful connections, a nourished and nourishing world, and great food, too. She will be sharing a seasonal plant-based recipe to bring the message home in a delicious way!
Ellen Kanner is the soulful vegan award-winning author of Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith and What to Eat for Dinner (VegNews’ Book of the Year, PETA’s debut Book of the Month Club pick), a vegan cookbook with value-add. She’s also the author of e-books, Beans: A Handful of Magic and Conscious Cookery.  She’s been writing about the intersection of food, wellness, culture, and sustainability for over 20 years for outlets including Huffington Post, Civil Eats, Saveur, EatingWell, VegNews, the Miami Herald, and Whole Foods Magazine.
Ellen writes using food as a lens through which we can explore everything — the environment, education, wellness, pleasure, politics, social justice, inspiration, culture, connection. Food is about everything we bring to the table, from who grows what we eat to who we share a meal with. She writes to awaken people to the way these things enrich our meals, but more importantly, our lives. More at

This talk will be presented online. Click to sign up to receive the Zoom Link.

Brought to you by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library.

Explore Spring Through the Art & Nature Club! Thursdays at 3:00pm


Art & Nature club is getting ready for our spring session! Let’s get together virtually to explore the spring season through journaling & science experiments!

Thursdays at 3:00pm

April 15, 22, & 29th

May 6, 13, & 20th

Please contact Becky at to receive the zoom link.

Suggested age 5+ —siblings welcome!

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!

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!

May: 4, 11, 18, & 25th

June: 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29th

Lloyd the Geek Virtual Computer Assistance: Tuesday, May 18th 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. 

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.

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