Moffat Library of Washingtonville
6 West Main Street
Washingtonville, New York 10992
Phone: (845)496-5483
Restore. Renew. Reimagine.
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Moffat Library Wins Placemaking Award


June 1, 2018

For Immediate Release

The Orange County Citizen’s Foundation has awarded the Moffat Library of Washingtonville a 2018 Placemaking Award for the historic “Restore, Renew and Reimagine” Moffat Library Renovation and Expansion Project. The Award recognizes individuals, organizations, projects, and festivals that have contributed to the creation or transformation of public “places” to improve the local community, and have exemplified placemaking concepts and practices.
The Awards Ceremony will take place at the 10th Annual Placemaking Conference and Awards on Friday, June 15, 2018.

After Hurricane Irene hit in 2011, the historic landmark Moffat Library of Washingtonville building was left uninhabitable and the Board of Trustees needed to quickly find alternate accommodations in order to continue service to the community. James Smith, the owner of Advance Testing in Campbell Hall, New York, came to the Library’s rescue and offered to temporarily house the library for the community. Once the building was turned over to the Library in 2013, the library staff, Board of Trustees and the newly-created building committee immediately got to work.

The Library conducted a major survey to discover the needs and wants of community members in order to start creating a plan to return the library to its building in the center of the village. From the survey results and information gathered at community meetings, as well as from Library staff, trustees, Friends and community members, a building plan was developed to meet the growing needs of the Washingtonville/Blooming Grove community into the 21st century. Once that plan was in place, the architectural firm of Butler Rowland Mays was engaged and created a building design that strove to incorporate the community’s needs and the features of a 21st century library, while maintaining the historic character of the original historic landmark building, and all within the confines of a fiscally-responsible budget that the public could support. The plan was then presented to community groups and organizations to show the benefits of the project. A $6.9 million bond reference was set and passed by the community in March of 2015 and the final plans were drawn up. After a well-attended Groundbreaking Ceremony on April 6, 2016, the project began the construction the following month.

A New York State Division of Library Development Library Construction grant was awarded in 2014 and went towards the demolition of two adjacent buildings and site preparation for the library’s new expanded parking lot. In 2015, the library received another NYS construction grant towards the HVAC mechanical system for the building. In addition, the Library is set to receive a NYS grant from Senator William Larkin towards the fire sprinkler system, as well as a grant from Assemblyman James Skoufis towards a generator. Lastly, a 2017 NYS construction grant has been submitted to renovate the historic Carriage House that sits on the grounds of the library. These grants were made possible by New York State Senator William J. Larkin and New York State Assemblyman James Skoufis, who have supported the project throughout.

The Orange County Citizen’s Foundation believes that Placemaking strengthens the connection between people and the places they share and encourages residents of Orange County to engage in placemaking initiatives to shape a meaningful and sustainable future for subsequent generations. The Moffat Library “Restore, Renew and Reimagine” project has made that dream into a reality for its community now and for the future. The grand re-opening took place on September 16, 2017 and the community has been enjoying its “new” library ever since.

For more information and photos of the project, go to: / ABOUT US / Historic Building Project

Bridge Club Moves to Town Recreation Center

Beginning Monday, May 7th the Bridge Club will meet at the Town Recreation Department at the Fulton Square Shopping Center, 6 Depot Street in Washingtonville.

Please enter through the center doors and take the elevator up to the 2nd floor.

In addition to the Monday Bridge Club, a new session is added for Wednesdays from 1 to 4 PM at the recreation center as well.

The Bridge Club is moderated by Louise Pedrick.

Drive-Thru Pick-Up Service Available

Drive-Thru Pick-Up Service Available

Interested in a convenient way to retrieve your holds? Beginning on Monday, January 29 we are providing drive-thru pick-up service.


Monday – Friday 11 AM – 4 PM
*Please use the road-side book drop located at the end of the drive-thru to return materials.
**Handicapped? Call us at 845-496-5483 ext. 324 for assistance.

Attention All Parents and Guardians


PLEASE NOTE: For the safety and comfort of all our Library users, the Moffat Library has enacted new policies regarding use of the Moffat Library by minors (anyone under 18 years of age), effective 12/29/17.

In particular, please note the following:

All children ten (10) years and under using the Moffat Library must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. Any unaccompanied minor between the ages of eleven (11) and seventeen (17) must show a valid Moffat Library card and school or other NYS-issued photo ID and sign in at the Circulation Desk to use the library facility, library grounds or any library services.  Parents or guardians who wish to allow their child (between the ages of eleven and seventeen) use of the Moffat Library unaccompanied must apply in person for a Moffat Library card for their child.

Fine-Free Until December 1

**Please note that waiving of fines is only applicable to materials owned by the Moffat Library of Washingtonville. Materials owned by other libraries within the RCLS service area are not included in this fine-free period and we cannot waive fines for patrons of other libraries.**

We Are Fine-Free Until December 1

PRINTING & PHOTOCOPIES: Printing is $0.10 per page for black & white copies and $0.25 per page for color copies. Students will need to pay for their printouts.

FAXES: Outgoing faxes cost $2.50 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page. Incoming faxes cost $0.50 per page. Please ask at the Circulation Desk for assistance.

NOTARIES: Notary Service costs $1.00 per signature. We have several notaries public on staff. Please call or inquire at Circulation Desk for availability.


Moffat Library of Washingtonville Director, Carol McCrossen, cuts the ribbon and welcomes us home! (Photo by Ken Packer)


Watch and Listen to the Grand Reopening Speakers on YouTube

Read About our Grand Reopening Celebration

View the Photo Albums of the restoration progress of the Moffat Library of Washingtonville

Landmark Washingtonville Library Reopens
Times Herald Record, September 16, 2017

The Washingtonville High School Band played “America the Beautiful.”

Historic Moffat Library Comes Home
Orange County Post, September 22, 2017



Saturday, September 16, 2017
2:00 PM
Moffat Library of Washingtonville
6 West Main Street
Washingtonville, New York


Built in 1887, the Moffat Library of Washingtonville was the gift of David H. Moffat Jr. to his home town after he had amassed a fortune in Colorado in railroading.  The land that the library sits on was owned by Moffat’s grandfather, Samuel Moffat, one of the founders of the Village of Washingtonville.

Moffat Library was designed by the architect George Edward Harney in the Queen Anne style.  The Library’s landmark tower features an original Howard clock and the roof of the formal portico entrance is supported by elaborately scrolled Greek columns.  This architectural gem was designated a historic landmark and placed on the National Register in 1994.

Rendered uninhabitable by flooding during Hurricane Irene in 2011, and turned over to the Moffat Library Board of Trustees by the Village of Washingtonville shortly thereafter, the Board secured the services of the Architectural Firm of Roland Butler Mays to develop a building plan to present to the Washingtonville community.  A Washingtonville School District Referendum Vote to secure a $6.92 bond to restore and enlarge the library building passed with overwhelming support from the community in March, 2015.

The single largest contract for the expansion and renovation for General Construction was awarded to the Washingtonville, N.Y. Company, StandBack Construction and the official ground-breaking ceremony took place in April, 2016.

A New York State construction grant was awarded in 2014 and paid for the demolition of two buildings for the library’s new parking lot and the site preparation work.  In 2015 the library received another NYS construction grant to install a HVAC mechanical system into the building.

A 2017 NYS construction grant application is currently being prepared to renovate the Carriage House that sits on the grounds of the library.

Work on the building continued tirelessly since April, 2016.  The library’s roof was replaced with the original grey slate that it had in 1887 and the original entrance portico has been transformed into a glass-walled reading room.  The historic clock tower is currently under restoration and the library’s original Tiffany windows have been restored and will shortly be reinstalled.

The new expansions include a new circulation area, new children’s room, two conference rooms, a program room and staff work space.  The new additions were added to seamlessly blend with the original structure.

A Grand Reopening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony took place on Saturday, September 16 at 2 PM at the “restored, renewed & reimagined Moffat Library,” 6 West Main Street, Washingtonville, NY.