Olive Free Library

4033 Rt 28-A
PO Box 59
West Shokan, NY 12494
Phone: 845-657-2482
Melissa McHugh - museum@olivefreelibrary.org

Olive Free Library


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 to 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.

Olive Free Library is a member of the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council.


Pulp Mill at Winchell's Falls

Materials documenting the history of the Ashokan Center property.

Men With Surveying Equipment

Documents, postcards, and pictures pertaining to the construction of Ashokan Reservoir.

Emile Brunel and family

Materials pertaining to Emile Brunel and Chalet Indien in Boiceville, Town of Olive, New York.

Olivebridge Fire Department

Materials that document life in the towns that remained after the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir.

Street Scene In The Ashokan District, Near Brown's Station, In The Catskills NY Site Of N Y Water Supply

Images and documents relating to life in the Town of Olive up until the reservoir was built, including communities that were lost during the construction of the reservoir.

Broadhead - Schoolhouse and Class - 1915

Documents and images of the Town of Olive’s fifteen one-room school houses that were in use from 1817 until the early 1950’s.