Mission Statement of the Riverhead Free Library:

The mission of the Riverhead Free Library is to provide the diverse community it serves with access to ideas, information, and a variety of educational, cultural, recreational, and intellectual resources. The Library will do so in an inviting, accessible, and eco-conscious manner.


Begun in the 1870s as a subscription library, the Riverhead Free Library was chartered in 1896 by New York State. The Library existed for many years in the Savings Bank Building, various storefronts and the Roanoke Avenue School, until the land at 330 Court Street was donated by the Perkins family. The Library moved into its new home in 1964, going through two expansions to make it into the building we know today.

The Library is chartered to serve the 32,000+ residents of the Riverhead Central School District, comprised of Riverhead, Aquebogue, Jamesport, South Jamesport, Northville, Baiting Hollow, Calverton, Flanders and parts of Wading River and Hampton Bays. In addition, the Library contracts with residents of East Quogue, Eastport/South Manor, Remsenburg/Speonk and East Moriches.

The Library is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees. The trustees are elected to three-year terms by the Association at the Annual Meeting on the second Tuesday in May. The Board of Trustees meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.