The Tivoli Free Library will be a place of community information and interaction, as well as a warm, safe and relaxed environment where everyone can share ideas, learn new skills, find answers to their questions and explore ways to enhance their quality of life.
The mission of the Tivoli Free Library is to strengthen our community by providing everyone with opportunities to learn, create, and connect with one another. We strive to:
- provide access to materials that educate, inform, and entertain
- offer community programs that enrich people’s lives
- help people discover resources, share information about our community, and connect with each other.
The Tivoli Free Library was originally established in 1893 as the Tivoli Public Library. In 1919 the Library reorganized and received its provisional charter from the New York State Education Department as an association library. An absolute charter was granted to the Library in 1948. The Tivoli Free Library is registered with the NYS Education Department as serving the Village of Tivoli and the Town of Red Hook, and is a member of the Mid-Hudson Library System.
The Library is located on the first floor in the historic Watts de Peyster Firemen’s Hall in the Village of Tivoli. The Library is also home to an antique parade hose cart, circa 1890, from the days when the building was a firehouse.