Olive Free Library

About Us

About the Library

The Olive Free Library has become the community center for the Town of Olive. Our wide range of programming, events and resources provides residents of Olive and surrounding towns with everything from conventional loaning of books and media to educational programs, healthy living classes, kids and young adult resources and more.

Our Approach

Olive Free Library is closed on the following days:

Mon. Jan. 2, (New Year’s Day)
Mon. Jan. 16 (MLK Day)
Mon. May 29, (Memorial Day)
Mon. June 19 (Juneteenth)
Tues. July 4 (Independence Day)
Mon. Sept. 4 (Labor Day)
Mon. Oct. 9 (Indigenous People’s Day)
Sat. Nov. 11 (Veterans Day)
Thurs. Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day)
Fri. Nov. 24 (Day after Thanksgiving)
Sat. Dec. 23 (Christmas Eve)
Mon. Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)
Sat. Dec. 30 (New Year’s Eve)

Our Story

Founded in 1952, the library has the special features of a local history museum, a large community room, and a continuous book sale.

The mission of the Olive Free Library is to provide our community and its surrounding neighbors with materials and services that meet educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs. It also provides a site for community activities that meet the same needs.

The general goals of the library are to maintain a core collection of materials that are: useful and current whether for general educational, basic skill development or recreational needs, and culturally important to the community, e.g. local history and culture, classic core literature, etc, maintain services that widen the resources available in the larger worlds of materials available regionally and state-wide investigate new developments in providing services and adopt them if appropriate maintain, and advance, the role of the library and its building and lands as a center for our community so long as these community activities relate to the same needs as the library’s collections and services and are appropriate to our legal condition and physical environment.


Board Approved Budget: 2023

Long-Range Plan: 2018-2023

Library Annual Report to the Community:
2022 Community Report

By-Laws (revised 2019)

Local Links
Town of Olive
Onteora Central School District
Voter Registration

Contact Us
Olive Free Library Association
4033 Route 28-A
(PO Box 59 Mailing Address)
West Shokan, New York 12494
Phone 845.657.2482
Fax 845.657.2664

The Olive Free Library Association is located on Route 28A, in West Shokan about 1/4 mile from the Post Office. Parking is available.
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