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55 Vanderbilt Parkway
Dix Hills, N.Y. 11746

(631) 421-4530

Monday - Friday:
9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sundays (Sept. - June):
noon - 5:00 p.m.


510 Sweet Hollow Road
Melville, N.Y. 11747

(631) 421-4535

Monday - Thursday:
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday:
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.



(631) 213-7927

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Library History

In 1958, the Sunquam-Melville Parent Teachers Association provided the original spark for a library in the Half Hollow Hills area with a donation of $200 towards a library fund. A library committee was formed and began its work by looking for a location for the library. The Board of Education of the Half Hollow Hills School District granted permission for the use of a large room in the basement of the "old Melville School" on Sweet Hollow Road. The original volunteers recruited 30 local Boys Scouts. Together, the Boy Scouts and twenty-five adult library enthusiasts conducted a house-to-house canvas for books. Members of the community built the book shelves and decorated the new library.

The Half Hollow Hills Community Library was opened in April of 1959 with 5,000 donated books and a $12,000 budget. Tax support for the library was approved in 1960 and a provisional charter was granted later that year. In June, 1964, the New York State Board of Regents granted a permanent charter to the Half Hollow Hills Community Library.

As the library grew, the need for additional facilities became apparent. On November 18, 1964, a public information meeting was held to discuss a proposal for a new public library building in the district across from the high school on Vanderbilt Parkway. The site was chosen so that the library would be the focal point of the educational and social activities for the community. The new Dix Hills building opened on July 30, 1967.

In the mid-1980’s it was apparent that the library had to grow to keep pace with the demands of the community for high quality service. On March 3, 1987, an expansion bond for approximately $5 million was passed by a 2-to-1 margin. In 1990, gala dedication ceremonies were held to officially open the expanded library facilities.

The Library opened the first of its digital services in 1996, with a website allowing online research,
catalog searching, and email access. Our Internet Services now include a full website, mobile website,
and customized mobile app. Library patrons can go online and search, read and download informational materials, ebooks, and audiobooks. We also provide online classes in language learning, computer instruction, test preparation, homework help, and many other subjects.

Around 2008, the library became one of the first in Suffolk County to provide one-to-one computer instruction on a personal appointment basis. Technology appointments have continued to grow and expand and now include mobile devices, e-readers, business applications, employment searches, and 3D printing and scanning.


Half Hollow Hills Community Library, the first 50 years

Library Timeline

    • Spring 1958 - Sunquam-Melville PTA runs a dance to benefit the Library Fund.
    • October 17, 1958 - Meeting at the home of Mrs. Ruth Freeze to promote the start of a community library.
    • 1958-1959 - Boy Scouts and other volunteers conduct a door-to-door appeal for books and library funds.
    • April 1959 - Library opens.
    • December 1959 - Library membership is 500 and the library is open 14 hours each week.
    • June 15, 1960 - Proposition to formally establish a school district public library is approved.
    • June 22, 1960 - Referendum on library budget.
    • 1961 - First library director - Mrs. Virginia Moran.
    • June 26, 1964 - Permanent charter granted.
    • November 18, 1964 - A public information meeting was held to discuss a new library building.
    • December 1, 1965 - Referendum approved to purchase property and construct a library building on Vanderbilt Parkway in Dix Hills.
    • July 30, 1967 - Dix Hills Building opens.
    • September 16, 1979 - 20th Anniversary Celebration.
    • March 3, 1987 - $5 million expansion bond was passed by a 2-to-1 margin.
    • April 1990 - Dedication of expanded library buildings at Dix Hills and Melville.
    • 1996 - Half Hollow Hills Community Library's website is on the internet.
    • September 2008 - A redesigned The First R newsletter is printed in two colors for the first time.
    • Spring 2009 - Melville's renovation is completed.
    • April 26, 2009 - 50th Anniversary Celebration.
    • December 28, 2009 - The Library's mobile webpage goes online.
    • Summer 2011 - Grant awarded for the Dix Hills Roof Replacement/Solar Project.
    • August 31, 2011 - Launch of the newly redesigned library website.
    • May 23, 2013 - HHHL Mobile, the Library app, is available for Apple devices.
    • February 22, 2014 - An Android version of the Library app is made available.
    • October 2014 - 3D printing appointments open.
    • July 2016 - The newsletter is redesigned and is now printed in full color.
    • September 7, 2016 - The Library's first podcast, "In the Stacks," is officially launched.
    • Today - Library membership is over 25,000 patrons and the library is open 70 hours each week.



Revised, 1,2015