Mission Statement

The mission of the Interlaken Public Library is to provide public access to technology, educational and entertaining material that covers a diverse array of topics that meet the needs of our local community.

Library Manager: Chelsea Stirlen

Board of Trustees:
Mimi Schaffner
Rhea Ike
Josephine Swanson
Laura Teeter
Valerie Bassett



The first Interlaken library began in 1902, when the village elected to form a library association to be incorporated by Regents in order to get State Aid. Funds were solicited to buy books, chairs, tables and shelving. The Farmer Public Library was opened to the public on July 22, 1902. The books were shelved in a closet of dentist Dr. Alfred Slocum’s waiting room. For many years the library was kept solvent by ice cream socials, musicals, annual tag days and contributions from the Village of Interlaken and The Town of Covert.

The Hinman Memorial Library building is the oldest residence in Interlaken. Built in 1826 by Lockwood Hinman for his wife and family, the building houses the Interlaken Public Library. In 1925, Mr. Lewis S. Hinman, grandson of Lockwood Hinman, purchased the old home, restored the exterior practically to its original plan, rebuilt the fine old white fence and presented the property to the Village of Interlaken, to be used as a library building in memory of Lockwood Hinman, his wife and family. The gift was accepted by the voters of Interlaken and rebuilding of the interior was placed in the hands of the Board of Trustees of the Interlaken Free Library. Another former resident to the library left a legacy of $20,000 to the library in 1940.

In 2009, the Children’s Room addition was added after a successful fundraising effort by the Board of Trustees and Patricia Moore who had been the librarian for many years at that time. This addition provided a much needed area for our young readers and storytime hour.


Board meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Notices of library board meetings are posted at the library, at the village office bulletin board, at the Community Bank, and here on our website 7 days in advance.

Upcoming Meetings – 1pm
July 26, 2017
August 23, 2017
September 27, 2017
October 23, 2017 – Budget Committee
October 25, 2017
November 22, 2017
December 27, 2017

Previous board meeting minutes
September 2017 Minutes
August 2017 Minutes
July 2017 Minutes
June 2017 Minutes


Computer Use Policy
Wireless Access
Freedom to Read
Freedom to View
Disaster Plan
Children in the Library
Rules of Behavior
Donations Policy
Tobacco Policy
Nook Borrower Policy
Circulation Policy