Sachem Public Library is one of the largest school district libraries in New York State outside of New York City. The library has a long and rich history.
The library traces its roots to an 18-book women’s suffrage collection in 1914. The Lake Ronkonkoma Free Library, an association library, was formed in 1916. A new library building opened in the fall of 1917 on Hawkins Avenue in Lake Ronkonkoma. This building still stands today and is now the home of the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society.
This building still stands today and is now the home of the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society.
With the growth in population there were increased demands for library service and for support from public funds. The voters approved a new school district public library in 1961, adopting the name of the new centralized school district: Sachem. Land was acquired on Holbrook Road in Holbrook and a new library building opened in 1966.
The library has since undergone two major expansion and renovation projects, one in 1983 and the latest in 2000.