About the Library

Photo courtesy of Wayne Beaumont

Grinnell Library Mission Statement

The mission of the Grinnell Library is to provide free access to a variety of informational materials, library services, and programs using its resources and those of the Mid-Hudson Library System, to meet the educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the community.

We do have notary services, free of charge, normally available on weekdays from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

  • Only English language documents may be notarized.
  • Valid photo identification is required.
  • If the customer, document or circumstance of the request for Notary Service raises any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt or uncertainty, the Notary may, at her sole discretion, decline to provide Notary Service.

We offer four wireless Internet hotspots to patrons with a valid library card in good standing.

Hotspots are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis.


Hotspots must be returned to a staff member at the Grinnell Library Circulation Desk during regular library hours. They may not be returned in the Book Drop or to another library. There are no renewals nor requests. There is a limit of one hotspot per family at any one time.

Microfilm Archive Collections

Grinnell Library owns microfilm of several local newspapers; please ask at the Circulation Desk for the rolls you wish to view.


Local Newspapers:

Poughkeepsie Journal:
January 1986 – March 1987
May 1987 – June 1987
January 1990 – October 2001
December 2001
Southern Dutchess News:
Assorted issues from 1956, 1957, August 1957 – December 2011

Older Local Newspapers:

Wappingers Chronicle:
June 1910 – September 1928
February 1935 – June 1938
Wappingers Herald:
September 1928 – June 1936
Wappingers Falls Shopper:
November 1953 – August 1958
Wappingers Post:
February 1939 – November 1939

Local History Collection

Grinnell Library’s Local History Collection includes historic texts and pictorial works. This collection is for in library use only.

Special Collections

Grinnell Library’s Special Collection is available for researchers to view by appointment only. Click here for a listing of what is currently cataloged. Please also take a look at our Policy.

The Bird Display

The Bird Display, donated by Martense Cornell, has been in the Library since at least 1923. The birds are all local species, and at least one, the passenger pigeon, is now extinct!

John R. Ferris Civil War Collection

In 1947, John R. Ferris (1929-1988) was given his great-grandfather’s Civil War discharge papers. This acquisition triggered his interest in Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, and led to the formation of his book collection, which he donated to the Grinnell Library in 1977. It is available to researchers by appointment and is now located next door at Mesier Park & Homestead.

The Clapp Paintings

Clinton Wilde Clapp was born in Wappingers Falls in 1831. He had a technical education– today he would be an engineer. As a Sunday School teacher, he was noted for his “chalk talks” and when he retired in the 1880s he took up painting. Clinton Clapp created at least ten paintings of local scenes between the years 1883 and 1884, six of which are housed at Grinnell Library.