The Lowville Free Library serves the Town of Lowville and surrounding areas by providing materials and services to help patrons meet their personal, educational and professional needs. Special emphasis is pleaced on providing popular materials requested by our patrons and educational materials needed by our students. 


Our History

The Lowville Free Library opened in 1903 in a small room on the first floor of the The Town Hall Theater Building. There were less than 100 books shelved in five or six book cases.

The library had $200 or $300 given by- more or less reluctant residents- who had never had a public library and saw little need for one.

The first librarian, Miss Anna E. Crawford, donated her time for the first year, after which she was paid $.10 per hour. The library was heated by a stove- first wood, later coal. Miss Crawford kept her feet warm in the winter by keeping them on a soap stone whenever possible.

After five or six years, there were enough books so that the library relocated across the street in rooms on the second floor of the Merrell block.

In 1927, the present library building on Dayan Street was completed at a cost of $43,000. The site was given by Mrs. C. J. Reeder and Mrs. Harry Gould in memory of their father, R. J. Richardson, and a building fund was accumulated largely through the efforts of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a local citizen's committee.



Lowville Free Library receives public funding through Lowville Academy and Central School District, Village of Lowville, Town of Lowville, Town of Watson, and Lewis County. 

Grants make many of the programs that we offer possible, and in 2020, we are providing the following programs with funding from grants: 

Coding Lab, with funding from Northern New York Community Foundation. 

Summer Reading Program, with funding from Stewart's Shops. 



Most Frequently asked questions can be answered by downloading our Welcome Brochure.  The Welcome brochure explains how to get a library card, check out times, responsibilities, emedia, donations and more. 

Download Welcome Brochure HERE

How to Support to YOUR library:

Thank you for your interest in supporting Lowville Free Library. Your support is integral to the vitality of our public library, and whether you help with volunteering, donating books, donating funds or by advocating for the library to local elected officials– it’s all important! 

Monetary Donations

All monetary donations should be directed to the Lowville Free LIbrary 5387 Dayan Street Lowville, NY 13367.  There are donation boxes at the circulation desk in  the libraries for cash donations.  Checks should be made payable to Lowville Free Library.

Employer Matching Gift
Many area employers will match charitable contributions made by their employees throughout the year. Contact your employer to inquire about matching gift options.

Memorial Gifts

A thoughtful and lasting way to celebrate a special person's life is through a memorial gift to Lowville Free Library.  Personalized bookplates will memorialize your gift, and you may choose the subject of the books you memorialize.

If you would like to take advantage of this program, simply click here to retrieve a Memorial form, print and complete the form and return it along with your memorial donation to the library.

Wills & Bequests

Including the Library in your will allows you to carry your commitment to the Library beyond your lifetime. Your attorney, accountant or trust officer will work with you to design a bequest that fits your situation and meets your goals. A professional will also make sure you receive the tax benefits allowed for your gift. If you already have a will, it may be amended by a codicil to include the Library.

The following is sample bequest phrasing:

“I give out bequeath (Dollar Amount, Property to be Given, Percentage or Remainder) to Lowville Free Library, an organization registered with the IRS under IRS code 501(c)3.”