Hepburn Library of Madrid

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. We are planning exciting upgrades to our kitchen in 2022-2024 to become a Certified Teaching Kitchen for our community.

As a member of the North Country Library System, our library has access to the resources of more than sixty network libraries, including e-books, e-audio books, as well as many online databases.

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On February 13, 1917, voters in the town of Madrid accepted the gift of a free public library donated by A. Barton Hepburn.  Mr. 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 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.


Deborah Chase-Lauther

Technological – Patron Services:
Julie Gomez

Early Childhood Education – Patron Services:
Kathy Paige

Custodian: Jaiden Gomez

Strategic and Long Range Plan

Vision Statement

Hepburn Library of Madrid will serve as a relevant community resource, in dissemination of knowledge through printed and technological resources, as well as empowerment of our community through accessibility of information.

Mission Statement

Hepburn Library of Madrid’s mission is to empower its community through a multidimensional platform of resources and outreaches to further literacy, self-development, and self-sufficiency through free access to information.

Long Range Goals

Hepburn Library of Madrid undertakes this Strategic and Long Range Planning process during a tumultuous time – The COVID19 (hereafter referred to as C19) pandemic as well as the departure of the previous director. This convergence of events will help to shape direction as we move forward from the pandemic, and also with a fresh vision for the future. As this is a living document, the tentative observations in this plan will be subject to revision following an in-depth community-wide assessment, scheduled for January-February 2021. The director will be the point person for information collection, interpretation, and dissemination.

Full version of the Strategic and Long Range Plan

Library hours


Monday 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday 11am to 2pm
Wednesday 2pm to 7pm
Thursday 11am to 2pm
Friday 10am to 2pm
Saturday CLOSED

Curbside Pickup

Monday 2:15pm to 6:45pm
Tuesday 11:15am to 1:45pm
Wednesday 2:15pm to 6:45pm
Thursday 11:15am to 1:45pm
Friday 10:15am to 1:45pm
Saturday CLOSED

You may utilize curbside pickup for any reason. Call when you get to the parking lot.

Closed dates for 2024

January 1st and 2nd– New Year’s Day
January 15th – Martin Luther King Jr
Feb 19th – President’s Day
May 27th  – Memorial Day
June 19th – Juneteenth Day
July 4th – Independence Day
September 2nd – Labor Day
October 14th – Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day
November 11th – Veteran’s Day
November 28th and 29th – Thanksgiving
December 24th and 25th – Christmas
December 31st New Year’s Eve

We are also closed every Saturday and Sunday.