The Woodbury Public Library is made up of the Rushmore Memorial Branch located in Highland Mills, the Ida Cornell Branch located in Central Valley, and the Rushmore Memorial Historical Branch housing the historical collection of the Town of Woodbury. The library is funded by the Town of Woodbury through local tax dollars, and grants provided by the State of New York through the Ramapo Catskill Library System. Donations made directly to the Library also help in funding the Library.
Artwork by Pat Mohr.
The History of the
Woodbury Public Library
Although libraries have been serving the residents of the Town of Woodbury for over one hundred years, the Library's current name has a shorter history.
On January 15, 1993, the Woodbury Public Library came into existence as the charter of the Rushmore Memorial Public Library in Highland Mills was amended to become the charter of the Woodbury Public Library, while the charter of the Central Valley Free Library was dissolved, and all library properties were transferred to the Woodbury Public Library.
Library service in the Town of Woodbury began a new era and the newly unified Board of Trustees once again dedicated themselves to meeting the needs of the residents of the Town of Woodbury. A full range of library services and programs are provided through the two branches: The Rushmore Memorial Branch in Highland Mills, and the Ida Cornell Branch in Central Valley.
Today, we have a grand total of holdings exceeding 130,000 items, and serve a population of over 11,000.
Budget 2016 (projected)
Revenues from Taxes: $658,042.
Library Charges, Bk.Replacements, Printing $5,800.
Interest Earnings $1,300.
Expenses 2016 (projected)
Personnel/Benefits. Etc. $538,927. .
Library Materials (Books, Audio, Dbases) $59,200.
Office/Processing Supplies/Postage $4,200.
ANSERRCLS/Other Opr. Expenses $47,850.
From Route 17 East (Quickway), take Exit 131 for Route 32/Woodury Commons (last exit before toll plaza). Turn left onto Route 32 North at the traffic light at the end of the ramp. Follow Route 32 North, go past the Woodbury Commons and drive approximately 1 mile to the second traffic light and turn right onto Smith Clove Road. The Library will be down the hill on your left. It shares a parking lot with the Smith Clove Elementary School; there are designated Library parking spaces.
From the NY Thruway (North or South), take Exit 16 for Harriman. Once through the toll plaza, take the first exit (Route 32). Turn right onto Route 32 North then follow directions as above.
Driving Directions to Rushmore, Highland Mills
From New Windsor, take Route 32 South into Highland Mills. Turn right at first light onto County Route 105. The Library will be ahead on the right with the Woodbury Senior Center.
From Harriman, take Route 32 North to Highland Mills. At the third traffic light after passing the Woodbury Commons, turn left onto County Route 105. The Library will be ahead on the right with the Woodbury Senior Center.
Woodbury Historical Society
The Rushmore Memorial Library's Historical Branch is located at 543 Route 32 in Highland Mills, New York. It is the home of the Woodbury Historical Society, founded in 1982, and of the Town Historian. Genealogical records, historical collections and artifacts, and photographs from Woodbury's past can be found there.
Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m.
Thursdays, 7-9 p.m
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m
and by appointment.
For more information, call 845-928-6770 for the Historical Society, or 845-928-6479 for the Town Historian.
WPL Summary Annual Reports
Cathy I. - Principal Library Clerk
Teresa S. - Sr. Library Clerk
Grainne O. - Sr. Library Clerk
Rose-Emma C. - Library Assistant Adult Services
Barbara D. - Library Assistant Children's Services
Linda G. - Library Assistant Youth Services
Mary C. - Library Clerk
Geri L.- Library Clerk
Nancy M. - Library Clerk
Camille M. - Library Clerk
Sara J. - Library Clerk
Sandra S. - Library Clerk
Geraldine W. - Library Clerk
Library Board of Trustees
Dorothy Morris, President
Ellie Pastel, Vice President
Angela McKeown Cooper
The Woodbury Public Library's Monthly Board of Trustees meetings are held at 7:00 P.M. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Highland Mills Branch
The public is welcome to attend.