(September - June)

MONDAY 1:00 pm-9:00 pm
TUESDAY 10:00 am-9:00 pm
WEDNESDAY 10:00 am-5:30 pm
THURSDAY 10:00 am-9:00 pm
FRIDAY 10:00 am-5:30 pm
SATURDAY 10:00 am-5:00 pm
SUNDAY 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Summer hours will go into effect after July 4th

The library is closed on all legal holidays, including Christmas Eve, but it is open on Election Day.

The Ottinger Room Art Gallery


Requesting an Exhibit
Artists are welcome to submit proposals to the Croton Library’s Ottinger Room by emailing your request to our Exhibit Coordinator Mary McFerran at Shows are usually booked 1 year or more in advance of the exhibit date.

Preparing for an Exhibit

To help you plan a successful exhibit, please read and adhere to our following guidelines:

Dates for Exhibit
Following an agreement with our exhibit coordinator, you will be offered dates for a 2-month exhibition as well as mounting and dismounting dates and a date for a public reception. The Library Director and Exhibit Coordinator must clear all dates. Contracts should be returned through email with your typed name representing you signature.

Prior to Your Exhibit
Artists should visit the Ottinger Room prior to their exhibit to view the physical space and make a plan. Below is a diagram of the space for reference but it is important to actually see the space and plan out the number of works and where you will locate them.

Facility Requirements

  • All artwork must be mounted utilizing the installed framing system.
  • No tape or nails or sticky tack is allowed on the walls of The Ottinger Room.
  • All artwork must be framed. (Exceptions will be decided on an individual basis.)
  • All artwork must have labels for titles or numbers with an accompanying printed title list.
  • The duration of each art show is 2 months.
  • Nothing may be placed on the piano.
  • Nothing can be on the floor.
  • Since the chairs cannot be removed from the Ottinger Room, the Library will make an effort to have the chairs in front of the windows and not blocking the artwork.

Two weeks prior to the opening of the art exhibit, the artist will provide the Library Art Committee with:

  • 4 copies of an 8.5 “x 11” printed flyer for the Library window cases.
  • A Word document describing the show.
  • A jpg file of an image from the show for the Library’s electronic bulletin board.
The Library Art Committee will advertise the artist’s exhibit in the Croton Free Library Newsletter and on the Events Page of the Library’s website. The artist will be responsible for developing the announcement card/flyer/poster and sending it to the press and their own contacts. The artist is encouraged to place a Visitor sign-in book at the reception table.

Mounting the Exhibit
On the date of mounting an exhibit, Artists are expected to arrive with art works framed and ready to hang within a 3-hour period. Artists are responsible for moving art works in and out of the gallery and unwrapping/wrapping any packaging materials used for transit and installing the artwork. Performance or workshop and the dismounting of the show according to their mutual schedules.

Artwork may be sold from the library show provided that 20% of each sale is donated to the library. The artist may provide a price list to be displayed at the Reception table.

Public Reception
Artists are expected to manage their own reception set-up and clean up, with Artists supply all paper supplies, food and beverages. Wine is allowed. *Note: Receptions are generally 2 hours in length. Most often they are on Saturday or Sunday afternoon from 2-4 PM, but weekday evenings are an option. Allow 30 minutes for set-up and clean up. Music, movies or slideshows must be provided by the artist and the Arts committee must be informed ahead of time to make sure all necessary equipment is available.

While the Ottinger Room has security cameras and is only open during Library business hours and for special events, artists are encouraged to have their work personally insured, if they are concerned about the safety of their work. (To date, we have never had a problem).