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Mission Statement

The mission of the Berne Public Library is to meet the needs of the community by providing resources for lifelong learning and entertainment.

Berne Public Library Trustees for 2019

    • President  – JoAnne Brady
    • V. President – Chuck Batcher
    • Secretary – Marion Burghart
    • Treasurer – Ted Borys
    • Member –   Becky Waldenmaier
    • Member –  Lisa Raymond
    • Member –  Missy Worden
    • Member –  Emilie Wright                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Trustees meet on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30.  

Berne Public Library Board of Trustees Bylaws


  •  Manager/Director – Kathy Stempel
  • Library Clerk – Jodi Ebel, Sandra Kisselback, Amy Powarzynski, Carrie Needham


Library Policies:

Cash Procedures, updated 1/12/17.

Exhibits and Display Policy, updated 7/12/18.

Rules of Public Behavior updated 11/13/18.

Statement of Concern about Library Resources (form).


My Card:  The Hilltown Libraries My Card is for kids ages birth – 17.  It allows them to take out three books at a time with no late fees.  The card may be used at the Berne, Westerlo, and Rensselaerville Libraries.  It also gives the children access to online resources from the Upper Hudson Library System.


Trustee Meeting Minutes

December 2018

November 2018

August 2018

October 2018

September 2018

July 2018

June 14, 2018

May 2018 Minutes

April 2018 Minutes

March 2018 Minutes

February 2018 Minutes

January 2018 minutes

December 2017 Minutes

November 2017 Minutes

October 2017 Minutes

September 2017 Minutes

August 2017 Minutes

July 2017 Minutes

June 2017 Minutes

May 2017 Minutes

April 2017 Minutes

March 2017 Minutes


Strategic Plan – based on the community survey and focus groups

Strategic Plan for BPL 2016 – 2019

2015 Community Survey –…VZADp-80Bs/viewanalytics


Library Budget 2018  –   2018 Library Budget


Policies and Guidelines

Trustee and Friends Agreement – Friends Agreement-July 2018

Circulation Policies and Procedures –  Circulation Policies and Procedures – Dec. 2017

Collection Development Policy – Collection Development Policy – March 2017

Community Room Policy –  Community Room Policy August 2014

Confidentiality Policy – Confidentiality Policy – August 2017

Conflict of Interest Policy –  Conflict of Interest Policy October 2014

Credit Card Policy – Credit Card Policy of March 2017

Disaster Plan –  Disaster Plan – May 2016

Internet Policy – Internet Policy – August 2016

Library Services for People with Disabilities – Library Services for People with Disabilities – Sept. 2017

doc20190202135931Late Fees –  $.10 per day for overdue books, audiobooks, movies on DVDs, books on CDs, and music CDs;  $1.00 per day for overdue NEW DVDs.


Annual Narrative – What happened at the library in 2017?  The annual narrative is a one-page summary of the year.

2017 Annual Narrative

2016 Annual Narrative


The Town of Berne Free Library was charted in 1962. Its first location was up the hill from the bridge in town. After a vehicular collision in 1968 made the building unusable, the library moved to the Old Berne Hotel.  This building also housed the town offices and the museum.   In 1996, the library changed its name to the Berne Public Library.  The library moved to 1763 Helderberg Trail on October 19, 2013.  The building was formerly St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church built in 1961.  It was renovated to accommodate the library.

History of the Berne Library.  Click on this sentence to link to a powerpoint presentation