Welcome Friends!

Friends of the Library is a non-profit group of citizens who believe that an excellent library is essential to a community, and who work to promote and assist the library.

Board Meeting

The next Friends of the Library meeting is November 10, 2014 @ 7:00 PM in the Library's Conference Room. Meetings are open to the public. Please join us the second Monday of each month (January-June, September-November).

Book Sale

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Shop the Friends of the Library Book Sale any time the library is open. All proceeds from the sale go to the Friends of the Library of Olean, NY, Inc. Book Endowment fund which supplements the purchase of new material for loan.

Because of the cost to recycle unwanted books, the library is strictly enforcing its donation policy to accept only books that they can add to the collection or put in the book sale.

Short Story Contest Winners

Two Otto-Eldred students and a Portville student were top winners in the 2013 short story contest sponsored by Friends of the Olean Public Library.

Winners were Jerry App, grades six and seven, and Tiffany Bair, grade eight, both Otto-Eldred, and Darienne Slocum, Portville, grade nine. They are students in the classes of Melanie Splain, Kayla Raudenbush and Diane DeLyser.

Otto-Eldred students also won other awards in grades six-seven and eight. Winners in grades six-seven also included Nicholas York, second, and Jordan Sherwood, honorable mention. Other winners in grade eight were Faith Wenner, second, and Molly Snyder, honorable mention. The students are in the classes of Mrs. Splain and Miss Raudenbush.

Honorable mention in grade nine went to Marissa Seib, Mrs. DeLyser's class at Portville.

The short story is one of three contests for students that Friends has run in recent years. The competition is open to students in grades six through nine in area schools. This year, entrants in grade six were combined in judging with entrants in grade seven, due to low numbers in grade six.

Students may enter in their class or on their own, and home-schooled students are also welcome. Judging this year's contest were Carole McNall, Friends vice president and contest coordinator; Dr. Joe Zimmer, dean of the School of Education at St. Bonaventure; Prof. Richard Lee, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure; and Anne Lee, Friends board member and assistant registrar at St. Bonaventure.

For further information, please contact Carole McNall, (716) 372-5655 or cmcnall511@gmail.com.


  • To promote literary and educational activities with the Library
  • To increase, improve and publicize the resources and services of the Library
  • To help enlarge public support of the Library
  • To solicit endowments and bequests to benefit the Library
  • To maintain and increases the Book Endowment Fund


  • Established the Book Endowment Fund
  • Support and co-sponsor programs and events
  • Provide a publicity budget for Library events
  • Provided volunteer staff
  • Contribute to summer reading programs
  • Sponsor annual bookmark and poetry contests aimed at drawing our school children into the library