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On this page: Library Cards Available Materials Services Loan Periods & Renewal


Library Cards

Library Cards are FREE to Clinton, Essex, and Franklin County residents and property owners. Please have valid identification and proof of residence when applying for a Library Card.

PERKS: C.E.F. system library cards are accepted at all Libraries in the C.E.F system!

A parent's signature is needed for youth under 14 years of age.
Students attending Clinton, Essex, or Franklin County colleges are eligible for a library card regardless of home address.

What does a Library Card get you?

So glad you asked...


Available Materials


Books - We have a great collection of books, both fiction and non-fiction, for the beginning reader to the advanced investigator, including large print, graphic novels, and research materials. 

Periodicals- We subscribe to multiple newspapers and magazines and offer the newest issues for your perusal in house, back issues are available for checkout.

Audiobooks- For those patrons who may prefer to listen to their literature we have a solid selection of audiobooks on CD as well as many titles available for download.

DVDs - We've got movies! Movies for children, movies for teenagers, movies for adults. Action movies, romance movies, silly movies, documentaries and foreign language films too! In addition to our (largely donated by the generous public) collection, every month we receieve DVDs that circulate through the C.E.F. system.

Can't find what you are looking for?

Request it!  You can request items in the C.E.F system online, over the phone, or in person at the library.

Not in the system?

No problem. Send in your interlibrary loan requests here, or come in to the library to fill out a request form.

Additional Services


Public Computer Use - There are four computers available with internet access, word processing, and printing capabilities.

Computer sessions are 45 minutes, first come first serve.

Print/Copy/Scan - Public computers are connected to a black and white only printer. Our photocopy machine has black and white or color options as well as scan and e-mail capabilities. Black and white prints are 15¢ per page, color prints are 75¢ per page (if prints are on 11 x 17 inch paper, the cost is 20¢ and $1.oo respectively).

Fax Machine - 50¢ per page

Loan Periods


New Fiction Books                     7 Days

All Other Books                           14 Days

Audiobooks                                   14 Days

DVDs                                                 7 Days

DVDs (7+ episodes)                   14 Days

Music CDs                                      14 Days

Saranac Lake Free Library is no longer charging overdue fines, however we strongly urge patrons to return or renew their borrowed items within the given time frame.



Most items can be renewed twice, with the exception of new fiction, DVDs, Interlibrary Loan materials, and items reserved by another patron.

Items may be renewed at the circulation desk, by calling the library, or online.


C.E.F. Catalog

Browse our catalog for new books and classic titles in various formats.

Search Catalog

Audiobooks and E-books available for download.



Address: Saranac Lake Free Library
109 Main Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Phone: (518) 891-4190


Hours of Service

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday  10:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday  10:00am - 2:00pm


We are closed for the following holidays:

New Year's Day, MLK Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day Weekend, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day Weekend, Indigenous Peoples Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day