The mission of the Chatham Public Library is to nurture a sense of community, past and present, and advance the benefits of lifelong learning.

The Chatham Public Library was chartered in 1902 and has the special features of weekly storyhours, a local history collection, Internet access & Wi-Fi, Large Print fiction, the Chatham Courier on microfilm, online museum pass reservations, eBooks, eMagazines & eAudiobooks, and streaming video collections. The Chatham Central School District operates the library, one of only two public libraries in NYS that are within a school district. Click here to read a brochure about the founding of the library.

The Canaan Branch of the Chatham Public Library was founded in 1895 and specializes in adult fiction and children’s materials.

It is with gratitude and humility that the Chatham Public Library acknowledges that we are learning, sharing, and gathering on the ancestral homelands of the Muhheaconneok or Mohican people, who are the indigenous peoples of this land. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We pay honor and respect to their ancestors past and present as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all.

To learn more about the Stockbridge-Munsee Community and Culture, please visit www.mohican.com/

Employment Opportunities

LIBRARY CLERK SUBSTITUTES – We are currently accepting applications for library clerk substitute positions. Potential substitute hours include all those when the library is open (including some evenings and Saturdays). If you are interested in being a per-diem substitute at the Chatham Public Library, please complete a Non-Teaching Employment Application and submit it to the Superintendent’s Office, Chatham Central School District, 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037.


11 Woodbridge Ave.
Chatham, NY 12037
518-392-1546 (FAX)

1647 County Rt 5
Canaan, NY 12029

Library Staff

Amanda Merk – Director
Rosemary Calvey – retired
Coco Carmichael
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Catherine Clarke
Polly Engel
Annie Gebel
Joanne Hanson
Wendy Taylor
Wendy Taylor

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Becky Klein
Ainsley Zaik
Deb Spaulding
Deb Spaulding

Library Governance

Chatham Central School District Board of Education

  • Fred Hutchinson, President
  • Marianne Pierro, Vice President
  • Muriel Faxon
  • Matthew Fisch
  • Dawn Friedman
  • Beth Hover
  • Christopher Spencer
  • Jenna Palubeckis, Student Rep

Chatham Public Library Advisory Committee (CPLAC)

  • John McGowan – Chair
  • Jane Herzhauser – Co-Chair
  • Jean Northup – Co-Chair
  • Nancy Jackson – Secretary
  • Michael Chudy
  • Muriel Faxon
  • Dawn Friedman
  • Sheila Stumph

Library Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule and Records

  • April 9, 2024 at 9am
  • May 7, 2024 at 9am
  • June 11, 2024 at 9am

CPLAC Meetings are held at the Library and are open to the public. Please use the downstairs entrance as meetings are held before the library opens.

Community Conversations

2022 Community Conversations Report