Top 8 Cool Services at the Olean Public Library

  1. Browse the catalog at 2 a.m. in your pajamas; reserve the book, movie or CD you want and pick it up later that day when we are open.
  2. Attend presentations by authors – for free!
  3. Download an audio book from our website – for free!
  4. Check out Playaways, preloaded audio books with no need for an MP3 player!
  5. LearningExpress Library database gives you access to practice tests and skills building – it is almost like having a copy of the test before hand.
  6. Accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and a blog always keep you informed of what is going on as well as tidbits of trivia and history.
  7. Free computer tutoring classes to help you polish your skills or learn a new one.
  8. The friendly, helpful staff!

2008 Highlights from the Olean Public Library

  • You made 123,593 visits to the library in 2008.
  • You borrowed 188,658 books, magazines, videos, CDs, CD-ROMS and other items.
  • You asked Reference 10,716 questions.
  • You used computers and Internet services 19,355 times.
  • You held 450 meetings in the Conference Room, Art Gallery, and Story Hour Room.
  • You borrowed 380 items from outside the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System and 5,275 items from other libraries within the system.
  • 79 Events, Presentations, and Workshops for all ages and interests were held including Family Fun Day, Crochet & Knitting Group, Brown Bag Book Club, ARVAS Tank Show, origami, TV script writing, and lectures on the Rare Book collection at SBU, the Civil War, Susan B. Anthony, and the archaeology of the area.
  • 15 Literary Events featuring AlleCat Reads Dead Man Walking, visiting authors Sister Helen Prejean, George Johnson, Francis Richey, Ed Sanders, Paul Wieland, & the Creative Writers Group.
  • 9 Art Gallery Exhibits featuring Southern Tier Biennial winner solo show, Errol Daniels, Robert Holland, Georgia Timper, & Jeffery McMillian.
  • The Summer Reading Program had 312 children and teens registered.
  • There were 244 Story Time, Investigation Stations, & Baby Sign sessions for your infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children.
  • Through your generosity we received over $15,412 in memorials, gifts, and donations.
  • Friends of the Library of Olean, New York, Inc. gave $13,003 from the Book Endowment for circulating library materials.
  • Friends of the Library of Olean, NY, Inc. gave $2,000 for library programs and presentations.
  • Friends of the Library of Olean, NY, Inc. sponsored receptions at artists’ exhibit openings.

Ever Wonder How Much the Library is Worth To You?

NYLA recently published a library value calculator (you can access it here).

In a year, if you only –

took out 1 hardcover book, 1 paperback book, borrowed 1 movie, 1 music CD, 1 audio book, used 1 magazine, 1 newspaper, requested 1 interlibrary loan, attended 1 adult class or program, used the computer for 1 hour, used 1 newspaper archive, used 1 research database, and asked 1 reference question –

the value of your library usage for the year would be $311.01.

And that does not take into consideration many of the intangibles that come with patronizing a library.