The Library will be closed Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

We will reopen Tuesday, January 19th at 10:00am

Library Returning to No-Contact Pickup on January 8th

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.

Field Goods is back at the Chatham Public Library!

Field Goods  bring the farmers’ market to you with weekly deliveries of the freshest selection from local farms and makers. Discover delicious foods from cheese, milk, bread, snacks, sauces, to sustainably raised meat and fish.

Order online and pick up at the Library, or choose Home Delivery! The library pick up day is Wednesday.

Use the code CHATHAMLIB at checkout for a $20 discount, AND Field Goods will donate $20 to the Library! The discount code is valid one time per customer.

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!

Lloyd the Geek Virtual Computer Assistance: Tuesday, January 19th 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. 

Cooking the Books!

Cookbook Club
Thursday, January 21st 
1:00 pm

So many cookbooks, food blogs, and recipe websites, how can you try them all? Join the Cookbook Club! Each month, take on recipes from a different cookbook and meet online to discuss the results. This month is The Kripalu Kitchen : Nourishing Food for Body and Soul, by Jeremy Rock Smith, who will join in the discussion.

Contact the library to sign up or sign up online

Dream Circle Saturday with Louisa Heyward: Starting January 23rd 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.

Monthly Monday Book Discussion: Monday, February 1st at 7:00pm

February’s book is Smoke Gets in Your Eyes:Lessons From the Crematory, by Caitlin Doughty. Books will be available for pick up at the Library.

Join us for a friendly online conversation, the form to sign up to receive the Zoom link for the meeting will be available shortly.

Books are available for pick up at the Library.

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!

January: 5, 12, 19, & 26th 

February: 2, 9, 16, & 23rd