Opening in 1971, the Akwesasne Library was the first Native American Library east of the Mississippi River. Sixteen years later in 1987 it moved into the expanded facility it occupies today with the library on the upper floor and the museum on the lower floor.
In addition to regular books, the library has large print books, audio books, DVDs, magazines, and newspapers. For a small fee, faxing, photocopying, scanning, and laminating services are available. There are twelve public access computers and free wi-fi. A small meeting area for patron use can be reserved.
A large amount of material on native history and culture (both fiction and non-fiction) can be found in dedicated native sections of the children, juvenile, and adult areas of the library. While our primary interest is Mohawk and Iroquois history and culture, information is available on a variety of native peoples.
As part of the Clinton, Essex, Franklin County (CEF) library system, Akwesasne library patrons enjoy access to downloadable books, magazines, foreign language study materials, and a variety of reference items. If the Akwesasne Library doesn’t have the book you seek, our staff will try to order it through another library within our system.
The Akwesasne Library – a tremendous resource for visitors and community members alike!