Mechanicville District Public Library

190 N Main St.
Mechanicville, New York 12118
Phone: 518-664-4646
Fax: 518-664-8641

Mechanicville District Public Library


The forerunner of the Mechanicville District Public Library was the L.B. Blakeman Library, begun in 1895 by Principal L.B. Blakeman with the help of his teachers. The library was housed in a school basement and, for many years, had a dual role serving both student and adults.
In the early 1960’s plans for a new high school made no allowances for public library services and, in 1965, a group of citizens started work toward the development of a separate public library. Their dreams came true in 1966, when voters of the school district approved a referendum establishing the Mechanicville District Public Library. The new library opened in 1967 in what were planned as temporary quarters. For years, mighty efforts were made toward construction of a new building. In July, 1995, voters passed a referendum approving the necessary funds to construct a new library at 190 North Main Street.

Mechanicville District Public Library is a member of the Capital District Library Council.


Champlain Canal Collection

The Champlain Canal Collection contains images of the construction of Lock # 2 on the Champlain Canal near Mechanicville, New York.

Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth Collection

This collection contains items related to the life of Colonel Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth.

Siciliano Restaurant World War II Veterans Collection

This collection contains photographs of World War II veterans who were from the Mechanicville area.