About Us

Oneonta Public Library


In 1948 the library opened with a donation of 200 books from the Rose Garden Club in the "old pump house". Now in 2017 our collection contains over 40,000 items available to the public at no charge along with many other services.


The mission of the Oneonta Public Library is to provide the highest quality public library service that will effectively contribute to the enrichment of all residents of the community.  The library is to guarantee the community a free and easy access to recorded information within the limitations of space and budget.  The responsibility of the library is to satisfy the diverse reading needs and interests of the resident of the community through the selection, acquisition, organization and preservation of library materials and to provide skilled guidance in their use.

In response to advances in technology, the Oneonta Public Library is endeavoring to develop resources and services that meet the informational, recreational, and educational needs of the community.  It is within this context that the Library provides computers for personal use and for Internet access.

The Library strives to supply sources of information in all fields of knowledge and to promote and encourage maximum and effective use of library’s materials and service.   Great efforts will be made to support the educational, civic, and cultural activities of groups and organizations whose aims are compatible with those of the library.

Board of Trustees  2016-2017
Carl Frey, Board Chairman
Gary Reid
Dixie Daily
Amanda White
Sharon Breaseale

Services Provided:
  • Inter-Library Loan (ILL)
  • Faxes ($1 for every 5 pages)
  • Copies (B&W 15¢ / Color 75¢ from public copier)
  • Printed Pages from Public Access Computers (B&W 15¢ / Color 75¢ from public copier)
  • Typewriter
  • CCTV
  • Low Vision Aid for Sight Impaired Patrons
  • 8 Public Access Computers
  • WIFI Access with Hotspot
  • Meeting Room available with reservation

We have over 40,000 items in our collection including books in regular and large print, audio books, graphic novels, DVDs and BluRays, a children's area and teen's area, a Homeschool section, a Spanish section, as well as extensive local history and genealogy.

We have a comfortable seating area with chairs and a coffee table in our Local History & Genealogy area.  We also have many tables with chairs for you to use for homework, projects, etc with plugs for laptops, tablets, and other devices that need charging.

In our children's area, we have book bags and board books in addition to our normal selection of children's literature. There are 6 computers located in this area preloaded with both educational and entertaining children's games. (No internet service is available on these computers.) Seating is provided in our children's area as well with two rocking chairs and two overstuffed arm chairs for your comfort. Kids can also visit our library pets, Franklin the turtle and Booker the gecko, and read interesting facts about these species of reptiles.

Our teen area consists of two computers installed with the Minecraft game that teens can check out and play using their own account or the library's account. There is a table and chairs for homework or study, a bulletin board for news and announcements, as well as our collection of manga, or Japanese graphic novels.

Our display cabinet in the entryway changes monthly. We like to feature local businesses and groups to generate knowledge and interest in our community. If you are interested in being featured in our display, drop by or give us a call and ask to speak to our Programs Director.

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