Sherman Free Library

20 Church Street, Port Henry, NY
(518) 546-7461
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Summer, 2024
(Spring Equinox through Halloween)

Tuesday, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Thursday, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Friday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Sherman Free Library opened on January 17, 1887. Mr. George Riley Sherman, partner in the Witherbee & Sherman Mining company, provided funding to build the library and stock it with 3,000 volumes. He stipulated that the library would be free to every person residing within the village limits.

Today the collection contains 11,000 volumes. The library offers a wide range of books for children and adults. In addition, there are books on CD, music CDs, puzzles, games, and DVDs that can be borrowed from the library. There is also a reference section with materials pertaining to the local mining operations, local history, and the Adirondack region in general. 

In 1975, the Board expanded the library services by joining the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System. CEF provides access to other services, such as down-loadable audio books. Through CEF, the library is able to borrow items from other libraries, for our local patrons.

The library has two computers for public use.  Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.
Scanning, printing, copying, and faxing are available for a small fee. 

The library was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1995. The library's varnished oak interior remains intact. In addition to books, the library displays historic maps, photos and paintings.

The library is governed by a Board of Trustees. The original endowment is no longer sufficient to support the library without additional funding from the Town of Moriah, our school district, CEF, and our patrons, and we thank everyone for their support. 


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Our Evening at the Library series brings a speaker to the library once per month (at least during the summer season) on a topic of local interest. Keep tabs on our Facebook page for details!

Past talks may be watched on our YouTube Channel



Go to Click on "Find Books," then click on "Search All Libraries." Type in the name of the author, title or subject you want. Check your spelling if nothing is found. It is not forgiving for misspelled words. (It is also possible that no library in the CEF system has the item. If no item is found, contact the library; we may be able to obtain it from other library networks).

After you find the book you want, click on "Request Item" on the bottom right of the description. Enter the 14-digit barcode from your library card and your PIN number. You can obtain your library card and PIN number from the library. Click on "Request." Please limit your requests to 10 items. The CEF van delivers books to the library every Thursday and you will be called when the item arrives.


PHONE: (518) 546-7461 or email

Library Director: Kris Jarrett

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20 Church Street, Port Henry NY 12974

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See bylaws for standard agenda. Should the agenda differ, it shall be posted here with the meeting notice.

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