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Friends of the Library

The Library needs more than books. It needs Friends.

Friends of the Newburgh Free Library are a volunteer group of people who believe in the importance of books, cultural activities, and libraries, for people of all ages.


  • To increase community awareness and use of the Newburgh Free Library;
  • To raise money for gifts for the Library;
  • To sponsor programs to add to the cultural life of the community;
  • To create public support for the Library.


The Friends of the Library host an Appreciation Day Luncheon
for the staff at the Newburgh Free Library each year. The members of the Friends 
include, from left to right:  Paul Hill, Judy Boucher, Anne Whipple, Debby Hill,
Elsie Beauchamp, 
Jackie Fairly, Thelma Underhill, President Suzanne Dawes,
Robin Grove a
nd Lou Dawes.


REGULAR MEETINGS – The Friends of the Newburgh Free Library meet the last Wednesday of every month at the Main Library at 7 p.m. Help plan activities to support the Library. New members are welcome.

ART SHOW – Each year in April the Friends supports a non-juried Community Art Show hosted by the Newburgh Free Library and open to all artists in the area. Artists compete for awards in several categories including Best of Show.

BOOK DONATIONS – The Friends welcome donations of new and nearly new books. Please no textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books or anything old, moldy or damaged. The Friends do not accept DVDs as donations. Donations of up to 20 books can be brought to the library; large donations can be made by calling Library administration, 845-563-3605.

Books Fairs are held twice a year. The main Book Fair is held in May or June, followed by the Fall Holiday Book Fair, usually held in November. These fairs offer quality best-sellers, popular fiction and non-fiction, children’s books and other specialty books. Admission is free.

A reception for local authors and illustrator is held every two years. The event includes several notable speakers and an opportunity to buy books and meet local talent. If you wish to be part of this event, call 845-563-3619 or 845-563-3629.

PROGRAMS AND MATERIALS – Funds raised by the Friends are used to help support library activities such as cultural events and the Summer Reading Program, and for materials such as DVDs, books on CD and new titles. An annual Regina Angelo Scholarship is given to a Newburgh Free Academy student who has been actively involved in community service.

You may download our membership form.

For information about the Friends, call 845-563-3619 or email


Thank you for your interest in making a donation to the Newburgh Free Library.


Book Donations

Due to COVID-19 virus restrictions, we are not accepting book donations until further notice. Call 845-563-3605 for more information.

We will accept:

  • Current hardcover and paperback books in good condition.
  • Donations of up to 20 books can be dropped off at the bin inside the entrance of the Library. Please bring donations to the Newburgh Free Library during open hours. Don’t leave them in front of the Library or at the back entrance.
  • Donations of more than 50 books must be reviewed by a member of the Friends of the Library for quality control. To make a donation of over 50 books, please call our Administration Office at 845-563-3605 to obtain the phone number for the Friends.

We cannot accept:

  • We cannot accept damaged books (e.g., broken bindings, missing pages, soiled, musty or moldy, excessive writing in the text) or clearly outdated materials. Please do not donate books that have been stored for a long time in an attic or basement because they often become musty or smelly, and do not sell.
  • Clearly outdated materials, especially computer books and computer programs
  • Magazines
  • Condensed books (for example, Reader’s Digest)
  • Encyclopedias
  • CDs or DVDs
  • Workbooks or study guides


How much can I claim as a charitable donation?

  • We do not determine the value of the donation. Receipts can be provided designating how many
    paperbacks and hardbacks were donated.

What happens to the items I donate?

  • Depending on the quality and condition of the donated items, they will be put into our
    semi-annual book sales, put into the general collection of the Library, or given away at
    community outreach events or to local agencies. Proceeds support the services and programs of
    the Newburgh Free Library.