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.

  • 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.


    Today's libraries are not just for books, computers and magazines – the Port Jervis Free Library now has its own geocache!  In geocaching, participants obtain the location of a geocache from a geocaching website www.geocaching.com, use a GPS to arrive in the area of the cache, and then follow clues or simply hunt for the cache.   There are nearly 500 caches waiting to be found within a 10 mile radius of our public library alone! 

    Libraries and geocaching seem to be made for each other.  First, and I believe most importantly, they create a means of uniting the virtual and the real worlds, allowing people to explore both the library building and its resources. Second, they engage people and create community through real life experiences, such as the sudden discovery of a new idea or place that can be transformative. Third, they have a wide appeal across age groups and allow for family or team co-operation and interaction. 

    Come by the Port Jervis Free Library and give the sport of Geocaching a try!



    Brooklyn Botanic GardenAsk us about borrowing passes to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. One pass is good for 2 adults and all accompanying children under 17. Check it out today with your library card!



    Get ready to join our two brand new yoga classes at the library. Adult Chair Yoga will be offered on Mondays at 1:30-2:10PM. Adult Yoga for Strength will be offered on Thursdays at 1:30-2:10PM. Classes begin on September 7th. Attend one class or both classes. Bring your own yoga mat or towel. Wear comfortable clothing. Free classes. No registration. Instructor: Olivia Huang. 

  • Featured Artist @ the Library


    "ART ABOUT TOWN" - Sponsored by the River Valley Artists Guild

    We are happy t
    o announce that Patty Koch is the featured artist for "Art About Town" at the Port Jervis Free Library.  Her artwork is a show of expressive oil on canvas themed artwork.  Her art will be on display in the Community Room at the library through December. 

    Patty is a self-taught artist with nearly 50 years of art experience.  She
    started working on cartoon at a young age, then continued taking watercolor workshops with the late Matilde Grech.   Lately she has been working in oils on canvas. 

    Stop by the library and spend some time viewing Patty's work.  You won't be disappointed!


  • One-on-One Job Consultations

    Call 845-856-7313 x 6 to register

    LOOKING FOR A JOB? Sign Up for One-on-One Job Consultations
    Career Development Counselor, Ann Marie Buckley, will provide participants with tools to help secure a job in today’s difficult employment market, covering topics such as creating a job-ready resume, removing barriers to employment and acing an interview. Choose one of the following dates and times:
    Mon., Oct. 2 from 4:30—7:30PM
    Tues., Nov. 5 from 4:30—7:30PM
    Thurs., Dec. 7 from 4:30—7:30PM

    An appointment is required. To register for your one-hour consultation, call 845-856-7313 x 6.

    This program is funded by the Ramapo Catskill Library System 2017 Coordinated Outreach Grant. 


    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 1:00PM

    The Port Jervis Free Library will be hosting an author visit on Tuesday, November 21 at 1:00PM in the community room.  Six-time film-book author John DiLeo will present the companion video program to his new book Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970, an examination of the Golden Age of Hollywood.  He’ll be showing clips from movies spotlighted in the book, including scenes featuring Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, James Cagney, Doris Day, Gene Kelly, Natalie Wood, and Steve McQueen.  After the presentation, he’ll be signing copies of the book. 

    John DiLeo’s other film books are And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies, 100 Great Film Performances You Should Remember But Probably Don’t, Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery, Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors, and Screen Savers II: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies.  For more information about the author, visit http://www.johndileo.com/.

Library closed for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 22 at 1:00PM and all day on Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Port Jervis Free Library will be closing at 1:00PM on Wednesday, November 22 and we will be closed all day on Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving.  We will reopen on Friday, November 24 at 10:00AM.  No library materials will be due and no fines will be incurred. Visit us at www.portjervislibrary.org where we are always open.



When visiting the library, please park only in the designated Library Parking Lots or on Pike Street.

Persons parking in the VA Health Clinic or Orange County parking lot behind 150 Pike Street will be subject to ticketing and towing at the owner's expense.  We appreciate your cooperation.