Library Will Not Seek Tax Increase for 2021;

Library Trustee Election to be Conducted by the Olean City School District

The Board of Trustees of the Olean Public Library recognizes that the economic crisis unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented hardship for many people in our community. With that in mind, the Library is not requesting a tax increase for 2021. The Library’s trustee election will be conducted by the Olean City School District. It will consist of a line item on the school district’s absentee ballot. The election will be held on June 9, 2020. Earl McElfresh is seeking reelection and is the only candidate on the ballot.


Due to COVID-19 health concerns in New York State, the library will be closed until further notice. We look forward to seeing you when we reopen! Until then, check in on our social media feeds (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) where we are providing remote programming!

Need assistance? The Olean Public Library is still available online. If you need help with your ebook access, card renewals, or have a reference question, please contact us via email or social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) and a staff member will be in touch. Our email address is:

Foundation Directory Online

Trying to search for grants from home? You can access Candid’s ( Foundation Directory Online through the Olean Public Library with this link. This database is usually only available inside the library, but will be available online until the library reopens.

Penn Foster Career Skills Courses now available at CCLS libraries

The Penn Foster Foundational Skills Course Pack contains over 300 hours of career skills lessons. These lessons include basic English and reading, basic and consumer math, interpersonal and workplace skills, industrial math, business math, Microsoft Office, and social media. The courses can be checked out individually or as a complete pack. A valid library card number is required to checkout the course pack. To learn more, contact the Information Desk at 372-0200 ext. 2021


Our Services

CCLS Catalog

Search system library catalogs


eBooks and Audiobooks downloaded directly to your device

  • Download titles to Libby app or web browser
  • Borrow with library card & PIN
  • No limit on number of magazines to checkout
  • Back issues available from June 2018 forward
  • Simultaneous use for titles, no holds
  • Borrow magazines for 7, 14, 21 days
  • Renews allowed within 3 days of title’s expiration
  • Early returns allowed

Day Adventure Passes

Looking for adventure?  Look no further than your local library!  Check out a Day Adventure Pass. Then enjoy free or reduced price admission to one of our amazing cultural partners! It’s affordable. It’s educational. It’s fun for the whole family!