The Gouverneur Public Library was founded in 1886 as the Reading Room Association of Gouverneur New York and is a 501(c)3 non-profit library that services the greater Gouverneur Area in Upstate New York.
The Gouverneur Public Library is part of the North Country Library System, a network of 66 libraries in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego Counties.
The Reading Room Association of Gouverneur New York was founded on January 14, 1886 by a local chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. The Reading Room was established in a rented space over a store on Main Street with a library of only 40 books.
The present building was constructed in 1900 of Gouverneur Marble, with the first addition added in 1905. In 1953, the Children’s Room was added on, and in 1970, the current adult fiction section and lower level meeting room was added. Finally in 2008, the addition of The Loft over the 1900 and 1905 sections gave a new gathering space for Library events.
Today, the Library boasts a collection of over 14,000 books, movies, audiobooks, and other items that it loans to its patrons.