The Au Sable Forks Free Library – part of the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System (“CEFLS“) – was built in 1968 and is considered a free library with association memberships. While initially books were “rented” from a store front on Main St., the library grew into its current facility with community support that continues today. Some patrons choose to become “Association Members,” donating ten dollars per year to help with overhead costs and ongoing library operations. While the library is also supported by the Towns of Jay and Black Brook and the Au Sable Valley School District, Association members and donors are still an important part of keeping the library open and free. See how you can support us here.
The library houses some unique collections including a large section of Adirondack books and material in the comfy Adirondack room. Notably, this collection includes a Rockwell Kent section – filled with framed prints, beautiful original books, and collector pieces such as a Kent-designed hand-painted plate from 1939.
Another dedicated area in the library is our KidSpace which houses children’s books as well as STEM toys, kid-friendly seating, gross motor toys and a rocking chair for grown ups. The children’s area is home to a collection of train cars made by local legend, Arto Monaco, creator of The Land of Make Believe in Upper Jay. Children’s programming is offered throughout the year, and families of all ages are encouraged to visit the library to read and play.
For over 50 years, the Au Sable Forks Free Library has served patrons from Au Sable Forks and neighboring communities. As part of the CEFLS network, anyone with a CEFLS library card may sign out materials. The library also serves an important role for second homers and vacationers in the area, providing internet services and reading materials for their stay.
For many years, the library has participated in community events including Christmas in the Forks. Many children fondly remember visiting the library to hear Mrs. Claus read a story and participate in a Christmas craft. Moving further into the 21st century, the library will continue to support these community traditions, and also keep an eye towards the future to find new ways to serve our patrons.
Hours of Operation
Sunday – Closed
Monday – 9:00 am – 2:00 PM
Tuesday – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday – 11:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Thursday – Closed
Friday – 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday – 9:30 am – 1:00 pm