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About Us

A part of the twin villages since 1915

The Carthage Free Library was founded largely through the efforts of the Carthage Federation of Women’s Clubs, particularly Mrs. Ruth Strickland Allen and Mrs. Nettie Hewitt.  In September 1910, 36 citizens of Carthage and West Carthage voted to establish a public library for “free use of inhabitants” of the villages.

Today we are a member of the North Country Library System, serving 65 libraries in Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties.


  • Sunday Closed
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday


Tues     5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

If you are looking for some help with research you may go to the Heritage Room page on our website and complete the request form.  We will assist you with the research as time allows and be in touch via email or phone.

Starting Sept 22nd, Story Time returns! Join us every Wed from !0;30 AM to 11:45 AM for stories, games, crafts and snacks.

We are currently accepting book donations through October 31st! Please NO textbooks, encyclopedias or damaged books. We ask that you limit your donation to 2 boxes per family. Please bring your donations in to the library and do not leave them by the door or in our drop box. Thank you for your cooperation.
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We would appreciate it if you could take a minute to fill out this brief survey. The survey is to let us know what you enjoy about the library and our services offered and let us know what services you would like to see that we don't currently offer. This is an anonymous survey; however,
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The Carthage Free Library is no longer charging fines for late books regardless of how long you have had them!