159 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937

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(631) 324 - 0222

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East Hampton Library


The East Hampton Library is located at 159 Main Street, East Hampton, NY.Two handicapped parking spaces can be found in the paved parking lot behind the building.  Two handicapped entrances each have handicapped assist push buttons.  One entrance is at the children's addition. The other is to the left of the main entrance.  Both are at street level.

The children's addition is quite spacious.  The main library is not quite as spacious, but more than adequate to get around.  An indoor ramp goes between the main library and children's addition.

Restrooms are located in both the main library and children's addition. The multi-stall, handicapped accessible restroom (with sink and baby changing station in the handicapped stall) in the children's addition is on the lower level. There is an elevator to get there.  The main area of the library has one single-occupancy restroom (not handicapped accessible) and a multi-stall, handicapped accessible restroom at the back of the main reading room.

There are many places to sit, both inside and out. There are no food services available.


    Surface of lot:  paved
    Distance to venue:  very close
    Terrain:  flat
    Paths and walkways:  concrete to entrance
    Doors:  push button handicapped assist
    Number of floors:  2
    Elevators:  one in main library, one in children's addition
    Ramps:  between main building and children's addition
    Steps and staircases:  to lower level
    Width of aisles:  adequate
    Places to sit:  lots of chairs, several reading rooms, outdoor gardens with seats
    Location of restrooms:  *
    Type of restroom:  *
    Ease of entry and exit:  good
    Baby changing station:  yes
    Available food services:  none
    Friendliness of staff:  very helpful
    Notes:  ** Children's Addition multi-stall handicapped accessible restrooms are located on the lower level In the main section of the library a single occupancy bathroom is located on the main level. Additional handicapped accessible restrooms are located toward the back of the main floor.

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After reading about the expansion of the children’s section of the East Hampton Library, we decided to include it in our visit to the East End. Wow! is all we can say, not only about the children’s addition, which recently opened, but also about the main addition (1997). Together, they make up one of the most inviting libraries we have ever seen.  If you are visiting the East End for a few days (or more), or just going for a drive, this is a lovely place to spend some time.

The Library opened in 1897 in one room of Clinton Hall on Main Street and moved to its present location on the corner of Main Street and Buell Lane in 1912.

Aymar Embury designed the building “…in a neo-Elizabethan style, since many of the residents of that time wanted East Hampton architecture to conform to that of a pre-seventeenth century Kentish village, similar in look to the one the original settlers had left behind.” (website) A very detailed and interesting history of the library can be found on its website.  The library has expanded over the years but the integrity of the architecture has always been maintained.

We found the library to be quite beautiful.  We entertained visions of living there.  The reading rooms with comfy chairs and fireplaces are a perfect setting to enjoy a favorite book.  There are lovely gardens in the courtyard.  The new children’s wing is bright and there are sections for young children and teenagers.  The nautical themed area is irresistible!

The library is easy to navigate.  An indoor ramp allows easy access between the new addition and the main part of the building.

The parking lot behind the building has two handicapped spaces very close to the handicapped entrance, which is to the left of the main entrance.  There is an additional handicapped entrance at the children’s wing.  The doors at both have handicapped assist push buttons.

The library has a main floor and lower level, accessible by stairs and elevator.

Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms with a baby changing station are located on the lower level of the children’s addition.  A single occupancy (but not handicapped accessible) restroom is located on the main level of the original library.  A multi-stall, handicapped accessible one is located towards the back.

The architecture and design of this venue is warm and inviting.  It is easy to see why a community would want to spend many hours here.  Quite a place to inspire reading.

As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website,, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”



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