Used Book Sale








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.



 The Friends of the Olean Public Library sponsor a poetry contest for high school students to promote creativity.  We hope your school will participate this year.

Cash prizes will be awarded for winning poems in each grade from 9th through 12th in each school.  Poems may be on any topic but must be typed in a 12 point type in a standard font.  In the top left corner of the submitted poem, please include the full name of the author, the school attended, the grade level and the teacher as well as an email address for contact.  Poems may be submitted through teachers or dropped off at the Olean Public Library marked for the attention of the Friends Poetry Contest on or before November 20th.   Late entries can not be considered.

We hope you will encourage your students to enter.  Poetry has the virtue of being something students can do on their own.  In this strange new world we live in

poetry gives young writers a chance to express things that isolation has fostered.  Poetry can be a friend, someone to talk to, a release of the inner tensions.  It helps us to understand ourselves. It promotes thinking in images and translating the visual into

words as well as understanding metaphor.

We look forward to reading your students’ poems.  If you have any questions, please contact me at  I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


Helen Ruggieri

For Friends of the Olean Public Library






*For Special Events at the Olean Public Library, please visit our Special Events page!*

Art Gallery

March: An exhibit by Dave Jeffers. Come see his colorful and inspiring paintings!

April: Friends of the Olean Public Library Elementary School Bookmark Event + Olean Public Library History (National Library Month)

Clubs & Groups

  • Book Clubs
    • Brown Bag Book Club 
      Tuesday, April  21                  12:30 p.m.
      You bring your lunch, we’ll supply the beverages and dessert! Enjoy a rousing discussion of a different book each month!
  • Crochet, Knitting, and Crafting Group: First Thursdays @ 6:30 PM. New members always welcome! Bring your current project. Decaf coffee will be provided. Please consider bringing a dessert to share. We will have our regular social meeting and work on our current projects.

Christine’s Crafts

OPL Librarian Christine Zeitler is our resident Crafts expert. Join her every Monday at 6:30pm!