Welcome To The


We are OPEN our regular hours!
In person programs are back!

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.

The Carthage Free Library is no longer charging fines for late books regardless of how long you have had them!
We have a great way for you to do your Christmas Shopping this year! Shop local and shop safe by shopping our silent auction. We have over 125 items from crafters, vendors and small businesses available for you to bid on. Visit www.32auctions.com/friendsauction to view and bid on items.
Reading with Rhea and Friends is back beginning 10/29/20! Rhea will still be doing virtual reading while Bailey will be at the library. Please see the attached flyer for more information.