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Olean Public Library Serving the community since 1871

Library Administration

Mission Statement

The mission of the Olean Public Library is to provide equal access to materials in various formats, programs, services, and professional staff to assist all people with their educational, informational and leisure needs.

–Adopted 01/16/2013


Gateway to Popular and Older Materials
The Olean Public Library features current high-demand, high-interest materials in a variety of formats for people of all ages. The library also adds to the cultural memory of the area by preserving historical materials. The library actively promotes and encourages the use of the collection and assists people in finding materials to meet their needs.
Family's Door to Learning
The Olean Public Library encourages families to participate in reading and learning activities with their children by providing materials, programs, and services for all ages. Cooperation with other child and family agencies in the community is ongoing.
Information Center
The Olean Public Library actively provides timely, accurate information in a variety of formats for library users. The library offers and promotes reference and information services to help users locate needed information. When information is not available locally, the library aids users in finding it elsewhere.
Lifelong Learning Center
The Olean Public Library supports the lifelong learning experiences of people of all ages. The library maintains a robust collection of non-fiction materials in a variety of formats in support of independent learning projects. The Library provides programs, services, and staff assistance to enhance lifelong learning skills.

Library Board

    term expires
Lanna Waterman President 2022
Earl McElfresh Vice President 2020
Ann Tenglund Secretary 2021
Michael D. Kasperski Treasurer 2019
Edward Wagner Trustee 2021
Linda Edstrom Trustee 2022
Harry Wolfrom Trustee 2018
Harry Wolfrom
Earl McElfresh
Linda Edstrom
Mike Kasperski
Ed Wagner
Ann Tenglund

The Olean Public Library Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month—September through June—at 5:30 PM in the library conference room. All meetings are open to the public.

Bylaws of the Olean Public Library Board of Trustees


Each Winter the library Director and the Board of Trustees prepare a budget for the following year. In the Spring, this budget may be put to a vote before registered Olean City School District voters. Voting takes place at the library on a date set by the Library Board. An election of one or more board members to a 5-year term may also take place at this time.

Strategic Plan

–Adopted Jan. 16, 2013.

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