New and Improved Book Sale

The Olean Public Library book sale will begin Monday, January 3rd, 2011.

To better serve our library patrons, the book sale will now be a permanent fixture at the library, patrons may browse any time during normal library hours. The prices remain the same at $1.00 for hardcover books and .50 for paperbacks,” Olean Public Library Director Lance Chaffee stated. All materials sold will be in good to excellent condition.

The Olean Public Library is located at 134 North Second Street, Olean, New York. The hours are Monday – Thursday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday, 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday, 10:00 am -5:00 pm and Sundays 1:00-4:00 pm from November through March.

For more information please call the Reference Desk at (716) 372-0200 or visit our website at


eBooks Now Available for Download

Olean Public Library in conjunction with the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System is pleased to announce the addition of downloadable eBooks to our collection.

The collection may be accessed here. There is no charge for downloading the eBooks, all you need is your library card and PIN number.  The books are available in EPUB or PDF format (depending on the title).

Patrons are allowed to check out 5 eBooks at a time but be aware there are no renewals.  You may select a lending period of 7 or 14 days and early returns on eBooks are allowed.  You can also place holds on titles which are already checked out.  Titles automatically expire from your reader or computer, so there are never any late fees!

Adobe EPUB & PDF eBooks work with:

  • Windows desktop, laptop, and netbooks with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows 2000 SP4
  • Mac desktop and laptop computers with OSX v10.6, v10.5, v10.4.10
  • Barnes & Noble NOOK, NOOKcolor
  • Kobo eReader
  • Literati Reader
  • Pandigital Novel
  • Sony Reader

Adobe EPUB eBooks work with:

  • Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Archos 5 Internet Tablet
  • Cruz Tablet
  • HTC Droid Eris, Incredible, Evo 4G, G1
  • LG Ally
  • Motorola Cliq, Droid, Droid 2, Droid X
  • Samsung Galaxy S, Intercept
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini


  • Aluratek Libre eReader
  • Amazon Kindle, Kindle DX

To read Adobe EPUB and PDF books on a Windows or Mac computer and to transfer eBooks to a supported device, Adobe Digital Editions must be downloaded (available on the site).  To read Adobe EPUB books on your Android or iPhone device, download the Overdrive Media Console v2.0 app.  Adobe PDF eBooks do not work with these devices.

Troubleshooting FAQs & step by step instructions are available at our website.

EBooks are available 24/7, so now your library is always open!

Poet Llyn Clague to Visit Olean Public Library

On Sunday January 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm New York poet Llyn Clague will read from his recently released Glass Door Knob: Lyric Poems at the Olean Public Library in the Art Gallery.

Llyn Clague has published five book of poetry.  The latest, Glass Door Knob: Lyric Poems, was released in October 2010 to critical acclaim.  It is a gentle, quiet collection of more than 40 years of lyrical poems.  His other books are Mali Poems, examining the emotions and insights of a remarkable visit to that African country; Painting Sin, social and political poetry; On Becoming a Poet Full Time, a joyous collection around the role of being a poet; and Confessions: Selected and Edited, a witty and somewhat ironic take on the confessional mode.

His poems have been published in a wide range of journals, including New York Quarterly, Atlanta Review, Wisconsin Review, Ibbetson Street, Mobius, Pegasus, The Iconoclast, Main Street Rag, The Aurorean, Plainsongs, and other magazines.  He was a co-managing editor of the literary and artistic magazine Inprint for 5 years.

Mr. Clague had a 35 year career in business, working both in large companies (GTE, Cadbury Schweppes) and small research and consulting firms.  His principal areas were in human resources, with specialties in international human resources and compensation and benefits.  He also worked in marketing, training and seminar development.  After running his own publishing and consulting business in the ‘90s, he retired in 2001.

He volunteers with the Poetry Caravan, a group in Westchester County that brings poetry to people in institutions – retirement communities, rehab centers, geriatric units, character disorder units and similar departments in hospitals.  The Caravan visits each location, usually once a month, to read and discuss poetry.

As an indirect support to his poetry ,Mr. Clague lived extensively abroad and learned several languages fluently, including French, German and Russian.  The poetries of these countries have continued to inspire and influence his current work.

He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife, Alice, who took the striking cover photograph for Glass Door Knob, as well as for his other books.  They have two grown children and three grandchildren.

The Olean Public Library is located at 134 North Second Street, Olean. For more information please call the Olean Public Library Reference desk at (716) 372-0200 or visit th e website at