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Looking for a quiet corner to read a favorite book? Or maybe you’d just like to sit and enjoy a spectacular view of Mirror Lake from the comfort of a rocker on the Library’s back reading porch? The Lake Placid Public Library is an oasis of serenity and great reads. With newspapers, popular magazines, and a collection of new book releases to perennial favorites, the Library is a hidden treasure known to locals and longtime summer residents. Not to miss!
Since its incorporation in 1884, the Lake Placid Public Library has continually added to its selection of books and throughout the years has made investments in expansions that have brought more value to the community. The enclosure of the back reading porch was completed in 1941 and an addition of a separate children’s room and a reference room on the middle floor level was completed in June of 1952.
Since joining the Clinton-Essex Library System in 1954, the library has added the benefits of a larger book pool, in-depth reference, and better access to inter-library loans. For the Centennial Year, The Board of Trustees decided to mark this milestone with an expansion program. Rather than an addition, the focus was to more efficiently use the existing space. The steep narrow stairway to the children’s room was replaced; large picture windows were installed above it. The unheated and inaccessible basement became a large, bright office and cataloguing room. Casement windows were installed overlooking the Main Street porch, entry steps were replaced and new floor tiles were place in the main stack area.
The last expansion completed in December 2000 included a three-story extension to the main building and the purchase of the Giambruno property next door. A connector was built between the buildings; an elevator providing handicapped access was installed. A computer room is now available in the new annex as well as a gallery and a community room.
Guy Brewster Hughes Art Gallery
Influenced and encouraged in his artistic efforts by his great aunt Julia Brewster, herself a noted watercolorist, Guy Brewster Hughes was a watercolorist who exhibited in Los Angeles, Boston, Buffalo, at various Vermont locations, and locally. Hughe’s great wish was that this library, which he loved, should one day have a public space devoted to works of Adirondack artists. This gallery is the fulfillment of that wish. We invite the public to visit and experience the wide range of talented artists who show at the Gallery on a regular basis.
Computer Room Information
High speed and wireless internet access available.
Computer Room closed one half hour prior to Library closing.
Lake Placid Public Library
Mirror Lake on Parkside Drive
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone: (518) 523-2591
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm