CIA World Fact Book

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.


Digital Public Library of America

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.


Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.


LibrarySpot, a free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information.


U.S. Census Bureau

The Census Bureau’s mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy. the US Government’s Official Web Portal

The mission of is to create and organize timely, needed government information and services and make them accessible anytime, anywhere, via your channel of choice.

Ask your librarian to …

  • Use the library’s resources to help answer your informational questions.
  • Assist with the use of library materials and equipment.
  • Help search our online catalog.
  • Provide instruction in the use of online databases.
  • Place requests for library materials.
  • Place interlibrary loan requests for materials not owned by the library system.
  • Provide basic computer assistance with the library’s public access computers.
  • Do limited genealogy research using Olean City Directories and Olean newspapers (fees apply).
Do not ask your librarian to …

  • Perform in-depth research. We are happy to help you find sources for your research but we are unable to do your research or homework assignments for you.
  • Interpret medical, legal, financial, statistical or tax information.
  • Provide technical support for non-library computers.
  • Violate copyright law.
  • Act in a manner that violates the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association.

Our Services

Contact Reference

  • Phone 716 372 0200 and ask for the Information Desk.
  • E-mail
    This service is for factual information, not in-depth research. The more information you give us, the easier it will be for us to help you.
  • Visit the library.

Online Resources

The Olean Public Library subscribes to several services providing our patrons with access to information using computers in the library or their own devices. Resources include resume writing, reference resources, health resources, investments, practice tests and more.


The Olean Public Library provides links to other Web sites for the convenience of users of our Website. These external sites were initially visited and reviewed by staff during a selection process before linking to them and they are checked periodically. The Olean Public Library or any of its employees do not accept or consider unsolicited links to be added to the library’s website. Please do not submit any unsolicited suggestions or materials for inclusion in the website. The Olean Public Library and its staff will consider such submissions SPAM and will delete the submission without further review.


The Olean Public Library has the resources to help you find your roots. Search city directories from the late 1800s to the present, local newspapers on microfilm, state and county census data, local cemetery databases and local history books.


If you are timid around computers or have never used one, need help creating a resume, or want to know what you can find on the Internet, sign up for a free one-on-one computer lesson. For more information or to make an appointment, visit the Information Desk or call 716 372 0200.


The Olean Public Library provides free access to computers, productivity software and the Internet. These resources offer access to a vast array of information and entertainment for all age groups and interests.

Job Resources

Whether looking for your first job, a career change or are newly unemployed, Olean Public Library has resources to help you land that job including books, online tests, recommended Web sites, computers, WiFi and printing services.

Interlibrary Loan

When the Olean Public Library does not own a copy of an item you want, we can try to borrow it from another library through Interlibrary Loan. In order to request a book on Interloan you must have a valid CCLS library card.