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John C. Hart Memorial Library

Town of Yorktown New York Official Website

Yorktown's community library is located at 1130 Main Street in Shrub Oak.  For the past 80 years, the John C. Hart Memorial Library has served the public as, not only a place to find good material to read, but also a community-gathering place for programs of interest to children and adults alike.

In recent years the library has added computer technology and training to its long list of upgrades in services to get ready for the next century of Yorktowners. The beautiful old home, which has been the anchor of the John C. Hart Memorial Library, once belonged to the Hyatt and Hart families. It was donated to the town by Catherine M. Dresser, daughter of John Coleridge Hart, who died and left in her will the house and 48 acres for the express purpose of founding a library.

In the Town Board minutes of December 20, 1917, the John C. Hart Memorial Library Fund, with the sum of $11,532.69, was established by the terms of Catherine M. Dresser’s will. On October 14, 1919 the very first Library Board of Trustees was appointed by Town Board Resolution and voted on in the next election of November 4, 1919. On October 9, 1923 the Town Board agreed to hire a librarian.

You are invited to use the links in the menu to the left to link directly to the Hart Library web site or to the Westchester County Library System web site.