The Cold Spring Harbor Library & Environmental Center is located at 95 Harbor Road in Cold Spring Harbor in Suffolk County, New York. It was founded as the Cold Spring Harbor Village Improvement Society in 1899. However, the library, consisting of a small collection of books, was first organized in 1886 and was housed at the Cutting House.
Community donations made possible the construction of a building in 1913 which overlooked the harbor from the corner of Shore Road and Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor. The library outgrew this space after about 70 years. In 2000, the library entered into an agreement with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for a long-term lease of five-acres of the newly created Cold Spring Harbor State Park. On August 9, 2006, the library moved into its current home at 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. Today the library is an active hub for the Cold Spring Harbor community. We offer not only books and other materials, but also hundreds of events and programs each year.
The Cold Spring Harbor Library & Environmental Center has a long history of serving the community. The Library was founded in 1886 by a group of local philanthropists, and was taken over by the Cold Spring Harbor Village Improvement Society in 1913. The Library received its Absolute Charter from the New York State Education Department in 1975.
In 2006 the Library relocated to a beautiful new 26,500 square foot facility overlooking the Harbor. The building is located in Cold Spring Harbor State Park, which is part of the New York State Park system, and is home to the northern trailhead of the Nassau Suffolk Greenbelt Trail.
The Library serves over 8,500 residents of the communities of Cold Spring Harbor, Laurel Hollow and Lloyd Harbor. The Library provides a wide variety of materials, including books, DVDs, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines, plus online resources, including eBooks and databases. Programs are provided for patrons of all ages, both in-person and virtually.
The three floor Library has a Children’s Room, Storytime Room, Hands-on Learning Center for crafts, Outdoor Patio, Tween Area, Environmental Center, Local History Room, Archives Room, a Reading Room with an outdoor porch, Quiet Room, and in 2020 opened The Underground, a new room for our teen patrons.
The mission of the Library is to serve and promote the informational, cultural, educational, and recreational needs of our community. We create a welcoming environment with a friendly, competent staff and introduce children and adults to the joys and rewards of reading and using their library. We use appropriate technologies and provide new resources to meet changing community needs. We provide services that help assure all members of the community equal access to information. We reach out to the community to build cooperative relationships, promoting a sense of ownership in the library.
Board of Trustees
COLD SPRING HARBOR LIBRARY BOARD
- Vincent Parziale, President
- Richard Schuster, Vice President
- Dana Lynch, Treasurer
- Dr. Edward Price, Secretary
- Sandra Capek-O’Grady
- Chris Hadjandreas
- Richard Hamburger
- Robert Hughes
- Janice Rochstein
- Dr. Roger Podell, Executive Director
- Diane Scinta, Assistant Director
The Cold Spring Harbor Board of Trustees meets monthly on the first Monday of the Month. (No meeting in August.)
- July 11, 2022 – Annual Meeting
- September 12, 2022
- October 3, 2022
- November 7, 2022 – Audit Review
- December 5, 2022
- January 9, 2023 – Draft budget review
- February 6, 2023 – Adopt Budget
- March 6, 2023 – Deadline for candidate petitions
- March 20, 2023 – Budget Meeting & Meet the Candidates
- April 3, 2023
- April 11, 2023 – Budget Vote & Trustee Election
- May 1, 2023
- June 5, 2023
- July 10, 2023 – Annual Meeting