Olive Free Library is closed on the following days:

Wed. Jan. 1, (New Year’s Day)
Mon. Jan. 20 (MLK Day)
Mon. May 25, (Memorial Day)
Sat. July 4 (Independence Day)
Mon. Sept. 7 (Labor Day)
Mon. Oct. 12 (Columbus Day)
Wed. Nov. 11 (Veterans Day)
Thurs. Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day)
Fri. Nov. 27 (Day after Thanksgiving)
Thur. Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)
Fri. Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)
Thur. Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve)


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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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


2020 Budget

Long Range Plan 2018 - 2022

Library Annual Report to the Community:

2019 Community Report

2018 Community Report

Local Links

Town of Olive
Onteora Central School District
Voter Registration

Our Approach

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 Story

The library was 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:

  1. 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
  2. maintain services that widen the resources available in the larger worlds of materials available regionally and state-wide
  3. investigate new developments in providing services and adopt them if appropriate
  4. 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.