The Ray Corwin Pine Barrens Reference Library Fact Sheet

Updated April 2015.
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Central Pine Barrens Commission
624 Old Riverhead Road (CR31)
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978


Purpose and Scope of the Library

The Central Pine Barrens Commission maintains a modest but growing reference library for citizens, students, researchers, government and private sector staff, teachers, historians, and any individual interested in Long Island's Central Pine Barrens. Promotion of research, citizen involvement, and access to information are goals of the Library. 

Current holdings include materials directly describing the Central Pine Barrens or the Commission's work (e.g., Commission documents, scientific reports, etc.) and materials on the broader disciplines within which the Commission's work fits (e.g., regional planning work elsewhere). It should be noted that this is the main repository for all documents related to the Commission and its work, not Stony Brook University or other institutions. Other institutions may contain information related to the Central Pine Barrens in general and the Commission at their discretion.

Subject Areas

Holdings are presently categorized (and physically arranged) alphabetically by topical area, with each topic's materials contained in shelf files. Please note that individual items in these are not yet catalogued in a data base. The current categories are:

Access, Location, Hours, etc.

The Ray Corwin Pine Barrens Reference Library is housed at the Commission offices at 624 Old Riverhead Road, Westhampton Beach, NY. The office is located in the Suffolk County Water Authority Building. Directions

Hours of the Library are those of the Commission, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Please call ahead to ensure access to the Library is available.

Arrangement for photocopies is possible, and no charge applies to small quantities. Please note that patrons are responsible for copyright compliance, as per typical library procedures. Removal and lending of materials is not permitted.

Special Student Collection

The Commission and staff strongly encourage student research on Long Island's pine barrens. Towards that end, the Commission encourages students at all levels of academic scholarship to contribute to the Library copies of their papers, essays, portfolios, videotapes, and other works.

This "Student Papers" collection focuses upon elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate academic work, providing a resource for teachers and a historical "student's eye" perspective on the pine barrens through the years ahead.

Related Library Resources

In addition to the Commission's Library holdings, the Suffolk County Planning Department maintains the Arthur H. Kunz Memorial Library at the Department's Hauppauge office.  Founded in honor of a former Suffolk County Planning Department Director, the Kunz Library contains current and historical publications on a wide variety of planning topics, which are described at the Arthur H. Kunz Memorial Library's web page at:

For information, see this web site or call the Planning Department at 631-853-5191.

It is also worth noting that many of the Commission's documents, as well as historical materials dealing with the Central Pine Barrens area, are present in a number of Suffolk County local libraries.  Several of these libraries have "local history" or "Long Island collection" holdings in separate rooms or areas.  See the "Public Libraries" section of our Pine Barrens Links page for a selection of countywide and local library links.

Two additional libraries with holdings pertinent to Long Island's pine barrens are the State University of New York at Stony Brook's Main (i.e., West Campus) Library (see and the New York State Library in Albany (see
It should be noted that Commission specific documents are retained at the Ray Corwin Liba

Visiting, Reading, Thinking, and Contributing ...

are all encouraged. Call 631-288-1079 or e-mail us at for assistance with, or questions about, the Pine Barrens Reference Library.