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About the Library

The library houses a collection of over 10,000 items that can be borrowed by anyone who has a library card from any of the libraries that are members of the North Country Library System. The library also has a community room with a kitchen, which is available for use by the community.

As a member of the North Country Library System, the Madrid Library can offer e-books, e-audio books, as well as many digital databases.

On February 13, 1917, voters in the town of Madrid accepted the gift of a free public library donated by A. Barton Hepburn.  A. Barton Hepburn, born July 24, 1846, in Colton, NY was a nationally prominent banker, financial advisor, and philanthropist.  As he had a deep appreciation for education, this ‘Son of the North Country” wanted to erect public libraries in each of the seven towns over which he had once served as School Commissioner.  The libraries were designed to be a gathering place for social events to be used without charge and meant to stimulate use of the library.  He selected the site (central location), style of architecture (a Dutch design), the architects (Rossiter & Muller of New York City), the builder and contractor (C. E. Castle of Ogdensburg), and donated the first 300 books


Director: Deborah Chase-Lauther

Staff:  Julie Gomez

            Kathy Paige

           Leo Fitzergerald


Long Range plan:  full version pdf      full version text


Vision Statement


The Hepburn Library of Madrid will continue to be a place that offers quality programs and materials, as well as services to enhance literacy in the community of Madrid and surrounding areas. The library aims to empower patrons through supportive services and materials.

Mission Statement

The Library aims to be a dynamic gathering place in the heart of the community that will be inviting and accessible as well as a place to learn, create, do research, exchange ideas, enjoy events and celebrate literacy

Long range goals

The Madrid Hepburn Library Board of Trustees has developed the following long range plan to clarify our role in the community as well as provide information about the community it serves. The Madrid Hepburn Library completed a survey in 2017 in which we asked the community about or strengths, weaknesses and needs. Overwhelming, our community was satisfied with the library and its services.

Our opportunities to fill needs in the community are always evolving, as is the community. Results of the most recent survey show that our patrons are using the library for its meeting space, WiFi and for library programs and events. We aim to take these results and comments received from our patrons to make strides and find solutions in a timely fashion when possible.


Normal Library Hours and closures: Durning this uncertain time please refer to our COVID19 update page for hours and closures

  Winter Hours                      Summer Hours (July and August)
Mon: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm           10:00am to 3:00pm
Tue: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm           10:00am to 3:00pm

2:00 pm to 7:00 pm           10:00am to 1:00pm

                                            and 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Thr: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm           10:00am to 3:00pm
Fri: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm           10:00am to 1:00pm
Sat: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm           CLOSED

Winter hours are from Sept to June

2020 closed dates

January 1 (Wednesday) New years day

January 20 (Monday) Martin Luther King Jr

Feb 17 (Monday) President’s day

May 25 (Monday) Memorial Day

July 3rd  (Friday) Independence day observance

July 4th (Saturday) Independence day

September 7th (Monday) labor day

October 12th (Monday) Columbus day

November 11th (Wednesday) Veteran’s day

November 26th and 27th (Thursday and Friday) Thanksgiving

December 24th and 25th (Thursday and Friday) Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

December 31st and January 1st (Thursday and Friday) New Year's Eve and New Year's Day


We are also closed every Sunday, and during the summer we are closed on Saturdays as well.


 Timeline of projects & Construction at the library

1917-Original construction date of the Library     

1917-1975- Limited documentation of work completed at the Library

1975-In April, a heavy piece of masonry fell off the front steps.  May be water/ice damage. 

1976-Custodian will try to repair conditions which are causing leaks under the front door. Walls in downstairs front entrance are splitting. Large amount of masonry work will have to be done soon.  Brick wall is bulging and concrete is crumbling in many places. Hopefully entire frontal facade can be renovated in spring.

1978-Met with Tisdel Associates to discuss repairs/renovations in February.  Further water leakage trouble at front entrance.

1979- Repairs to downstairs library entrance to be done in spring.  Patrons were to use boiler room entrance, and the use of Community Room was curtailed until construction was done. 

1980-Front wall of the Community Room needs repairs.  Problem is caused by dampness from ground outside the wall. Flooding occurred in the basement twice after 2 different heavy rains prior to September.  Both times water was pumped out by the Fire Dept. There was shuffle board court beside the library and it was suggested that the area be turned into a larger parking area.  Church St. was scheduled for repair/renovation under a bond issue per Jim McCall.  Highway Dept will extend curbing to the end of the street and leave opening in front of the library.  Shuffle board area to become part of parking lot.  Parking lot is not black topped, but rather it will be given a hot mix topping. There was a water problem in the men's downstairs’ restroom should be corrected by taking out the old coal bin and the cement partition and fill area with soil/grass

1981-Temporary repairs were made to leaking water pipes in kitchen; permanent repairs were to be made in the spring.

1982-Plaster was coming off the inside front wall of the Community Room.  Suggestions are to replace with insulated wall board or have surface drainage move water away from the building.

1986-The front steps were moved and downstairs front doors were removed

1989- Repair of floor tiles in Community Room

1991- Community Room door replaced.

1993- Sidewalks installed

1995- Grant work included ADA compliant lift, some demolition and excavation of the Community Room.

1997- Upstairs Fire escape added to rear of building

1999- Community Room door replaced.

2010-Exterior pointing work done on pediments of building.

2014 & 2015- Roof replaced

2017- Grant work included interior rehabilitation, new flooring, paint and shelving.

2018- Grant work included the installation of a new ADA compliant lift.