Rosendale already had libraries in the nineteenth century when libraries were rather rare, restricted, and children were not allowed entrance. Various local cement concerns had private company libraries. A "Library and Gymnasium" appear on an 1898 map of Main Street, Rosendale, although its exact use is unknown. The building is still there today. The Rosendale Public Library is a member of the Mid-Hudson library system consortium. Open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.