Continuing to promote local history as part of the community’s tourism enhancement goals, the Port Jervis Free Library announces the opening of a permanent photographic exhibit on famed 1890s author, Stephen Crane.

    Conceived, sponsored, and curated by local Crane authority, Robert Eurich, owner of the community-oriented PortJervisNY.com website, the exhibit primarily uses photos from the archives of the Minisink Valley Historical Society to tell Crane’s story though images of Port Jervis as he would have known it.

    In commemoration of Crane’s 145th birthday, the exhibit opened to the public on November 1, 2016 and is available for viewing anytime during the library’s normal business hours.



    30+ languages available to you with your Library card

    Port Jervis Free Library offers free access to Rosetta Stone, a leading provider of online services designed to help people master a new language.
    Rosetta Stone is based on the idea that everyone has the ability to learn a new language. This service offers libraries and their patrons the proven immersion method that more than 20,000 schools have trusted for more than 20 years.

    Rosetta Stone language-learning unlocks that potential with instant feedback, fun activities and expert guidance to keep you engaged and motivated. With a simple log-in through the Library, you can: 
    • Learn at your own pace on almost any device with the mobile app.
    • Interact with software that tracks your progress and automatically adjusts to your learning needs.
    • Take core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.



    Why You Should Join the Port Jervis Free Library's Online Book Club? Let me tell you why…it’s fun, it's free and you don’t have to leave your house!

    If you or someone you know is interested in joining, please feel free to email Caitlyn for more information at ctreuting@rcls.org.


    The Port Jervis Free Library was one of 100 libraries in New York State to receive a gift of 100 new children’s books, ranging from pre-kindergarten to early readers. The books were a donation from the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation in New York City whose missions are to foster early reading and a love of books, and encourage parents and children to read together.

  • Healthy Living Event at the Library

    Friday, June 23 at 11 AM - 3 PM

    Join us for our first Healthy Living event at the library. We will be joined by Cornerstone Family Health Center, Orange County Department of Health, Healthy Orange, Healthy Neighborhood/Lead Program, RiteAid for immunizations, MISN for health insurance, Port Jervis Pride, and the library. Come meet representatives from each organization and ask your health-related questions.

  • Blood Drive at the Library

    Thursday, June 29 at 1 PM - 7 PM

    The Port Jervis Free Library in partnership with the New York Blood Center will host a blood drive on Thursday, June 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The blood drive will be held downstairs in the library’s Community Room.

    Your lifesaving blood donations help treat cancer patients, traumatic accident and burn victims, newborn babies and mothers delivering babies, patients undergoing surgery, and many more. On average, hip replacement surgery typically uses one unit of blood, while a cardiac bypass patient may use two units, and a liver transplant can require some six units!

    Any healthy individual aged 17 through 75 and weighing at least 110 pounds, in good physical health and has not given blood in the past eight weeks can donate blood. Donors should eat a moderate meal before donating, and must bring a driver’s license or two other forms of ID to check-in. All blood types are desired and needed, especially Types O- and O+.

    Walk-in donors are welcome. For additional information about how to donate or to schedule an appointment, please call the Port Jervis Free Library at 845-856-7313.

  • Our Library Receives $10,980 NYS Public Library Construction Grant

    The New York State Education Department and New York State Library announced recently that the Port Jervis Free Library has been awarded a grant of $10,980 for a new handicap door and improvements to the back parking lot. 
    A special thanks to NYS Senator John Bonacic and our NYS Assemblymen Karl Brabenec for their support of this project. Their effective leadership on the state level benefits our community, especially when competing for limited public library construction funds. 
    The new handicap door was installed in 2016 and the work on the back parking lot will start in summer 2017.

Port Jervis Free Library Budget approved for 2017/18

Voters approved the operating budget for the Port Jervis Free Library on Thursday, June 8 that increases the library tax levy by 1.26%.  The official tally showed that the budget was approved by a vote of 180 to 37, according to Library Director Beverly Arlequeeuw.  Newly-elected library trustee, Carl Hendrick, will serve a five-year term. 
The tax appropriation for the 2017/18 library budget is set at $1,011,350 or $12,580 more than the current year’s levy.  Arlequeeuw said that she was “deeply grateful” for the community support, which validates that the library is still a vital part of the community.  The library trustees and staff continue to work hard to be worthy of the support of the community and this response will aid in that endeavor. 
Arlequeeuw encourages all members in the Port Jervis community to visit the library and discover all of the wonderful services, programs and materials available to them.  Our library is so much more than just books.
The Port Jervis Free Library is located at 138 Pike Street and serves the residents in the Port Jervis City School District.