In 1976, Dorothy and Herman Reade of Forest Hills, Queens, retired to Roosevelt Island and made it their goal to create a community library. The one-room Roosevelt Island Community Library, run solely by volunteers, served residents for twenty years. In 1997, Roosevelt Island Library became the 85th branch of The New York Public Library.
From our current location at 524 Main Street, patrons have access to the full contents of the New York Public Library network. The branch has attracted an ever-growing, and widely diverse community of avid users who enjoy a wide range of materials, programs, and services, including weekly Toddler Story Time and Baby Story Time programs, computer classes, and our Thursday morning Knitting & Crochet Group. The branch's Book Discussion Group meets on the third Thursday of each month.