The Howland Public Library is located in the City of Beacon at the corner of Main Street and South Cedar Street.
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Howland Public Library
313 Main St
Beacon, NY 12508
Phone 845-831-1134
Fax 845-831-1165

About the Library:

The library was founded in 1872 by General Joseph Howland, and has the special features of the interior “Common Clay” relief sculpture mural, a community art project conceived by Mika Seeger; a colorful Main Street mural painted by Rick Price; and a South Cedar Street literary mural in memory of artist Audrey Chibbaro by Beacon High School art students. In 2002, the library received the Poughkeepsie Journal’s Diversity in the Workplace Award. Our diverse staff helps us serve our diverse community.

The Howland Public Library provides materials and services to help community residents obtain information meeting their personal, educational and professional needs. Special emphasis is placed on supplying adults with current reading materials; on providing free access to computers and the internet, on reference services to students (at all academic levels) and other information seekers; and on making our facility available for individuals, organizations and agencies to do community work. The library serves as a learning and activities center for all residents of the Beacon City School District.

We offer programs and activities for people of all ages, interests, and abilities. Check our HPL_Brochure and our  events calendar.

Library 5-Year Plan:


Board of Trustees for FY 2015-16:

Thomas Rigney (President),  Karen Twohig (President Elect), Rajene Hardeman  (Corresponding Secretary), Prue Posner (Finance Chair),  Donna Haynes, Randy Lashua, Moning Lin, Derek Sanderson (on leave), and Ken Straus.

Trustee elections take place in the spring and are publicized in the local media, here on our website, and in our electronic newsletter.

People who are United States citizens, eighteen years old or older, and have been residents of the State of New York and the Beacon City School District for 30 days preceding the election are eligible to run for vacancies on the nine-member Howland Board of Trustees.  All full terms are for five years.

Candidates may pick up petitions at the library; these petitions must be notarized and returned to the library election clerk by the date and time specified in the legal notice.


Amy Raff

Library Policies (Full List in Progress)

Library Card Policy 7-11-06
Circulation Policy 7-7-09
Internet Use Policy
Lost and Damaged Library Materials Policy
Patron Code of Conduct Policy 10-10-09

Room Use Policy, Request Forms, and Hold Harmless Agreement (Print, complete, and return to library for approval.)

Community Art Exhibit Application 131106

Tutoring Policy Adopted by the BOT 2010

Why HPL Has a Tutoring Policy 2011