July 1999

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Library Circuit: The Monroe Free Library

July 1999 issue of Trustee

Monroe, NY


When visiting Monroe, NY, stop in to see the Monroe Free Library on Millpond Parkway.  The third largest and busiest library in Orange County, the Monroe Free Library is an Association Library funded by its service population. One of the few libraries in the state to take advantage of recently legislated public law #414, the library’s trustees are permitted to put their budget on the general election ballot each November.


The library has changed its location a number of times since its founding in 1908.  It has also gone through a number of construction additions since moving into the Millpond Parkway site in 1960.   The population of Orange County has grown tremendously and will probably mean that a building program will have to be considered in the near future.


The Monroe Free Library has 11,832 registered borrowers, holdings of 47,906 and a yearly circulation of 108,885.  It serves a population of approximately 23,000 residents.  Librarians answer an average of 892 reference questions a month. In addition to regular in-library programming, the Monroe Free Library board is committed to an extensive outreach program which reaches into both area preschools and local schools.  The library is already set up with two Internet stations for which basic workshops are offered to the public. The library has a strong and growing local history section and recently initiated a books-on-tape and video collection.  The Monroe Free Library is a member of the Ramapo-Catskill Library System.

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