Marion H. Skidmore Library

5-6 Cottage Row
Lily Dale, NY

Hours: Daily 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Located on Cottage Row, facing the Auditorium and Melrose Park, the Marion H. Skidmore Library houses the largest collection of Spiritualist books in the world.  A reading room is available for public use, and we have thousands of rare books and unique titles to choose from.  Please be advised that due to the nature of the materials in our collections, the Marion H. Skidmore Library is a NON-CIRCULATING research library.  To schedule a research appointment or for more information, please contact our Librarian.

Library Events:

Village of Spirits” – A video about the history of Lily Dale and its evolution into a place of pilgrimage, growth, and reflection for the modern Spiritualist community, shown at 11:30 am daily in the meeting room downstairs.

Lily Dale: A Place of Harmony and Reflection” – A short video featuring images of the Lily Dale grounds, shown at 2:00 pm daily in the meeting room downstairs.


Spiritualist Shorts · Summer Short-Format Lectures

Casual, informal, short presentations and lectures about topics within the history, science, and philosophy of Spiritualism.  Topics and presenters change weekly, so be sure to see our Librarian for details!  Presentations are every Tuesday at 3:30 pm in the meeting room downstairs.

July 7 Spiritualism & the Suffrage MovementMandi Shepp, MLS
July 14Mediumship vs Psychic AbilityDr Susan B. Barnes & Chris DeSerio
July 21Spiritualism vs SpiritismDr Susan B Barnes
July 28The Library Beyond the VeilMandi Shepp, MLS
August 4History of HealingMandi Shepp, MLS
August 11Messages in FlowersChris DeSerio & Mandi Shepp, MLS
August 18Messages in TeaChris DeSerio & Mandi Shepp, MLS
August 25Victorian Mourning 101Mandi Shepp, MLS

If you have any questions, feel free to stop in and ask during our regular hours, or call us at (716)595-8721 x2001.  You can also contact us via Facebook, tweet us on Twitter @LilyDaleLibrary, or email our Librarian directly.

For reference inquiries, contact via email is preferred.


Marion H. Skidmore Library - Lily Dale NY

Marion H. Skidmore Library