About Us

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 Board of Trustees bylaws and meeting minutes.


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


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.

Berne Public Library Policies and Guidelines


Strategic Plan – based on the community survey and focus groups

Strategic Plan for BPL 2016 – 2019

2015 Community Survey


Library Budget 2019; page 1, page 2

Library Budget 2018


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

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