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Hoag Library


Swan Library Photo

134 South Main Street
Albion, NY 14411
Voice: (585) 589-4246
FAX: (585) 589-2473


A little about the Hoag Library
Hoag Library was chartered as a Free Association Library for the Village of Albion in December 1899, and opened March 17, 1900. The library was established with a legacy from William Gere Swan administered by his wife, Emma Swan. Mrs. Swan used some of the money to purchase the Burroughs mansion, built in 1851, then had it gutted and converted to a library. The remainder of the funds were used to establish an endowment fund to run the library.

Eventually the endowment fund was found to be inadequate and funding was sought from the surrounding towns, the county, the village, and eventually the school district as well. At the present time, the majority of the funding the library receives is voted upon by the school district taxpayers each year. The library has grown to fill all three floors, with the library archives being housed in the attic.

In 1993, the library charter was amended to coincide more closely to the school district boundaries. However, in fact, the library serves all of Orleans County.
Services Available
  • Online Public Access Catalog, a computerized listing of the Library and Nioga Library System holdings.
  • Computer terminals with free access to the Internet.
  • Free use of terminals for word processing and other projects.
  • Reference Assistance, trained staff to assist users by phone, e-mail or on site
  • Interlibrary Loans, enabling library patrons to borrow materials from other libraries within and beyond Nioga Library System
  • Local History / Genealogy, collected books, microfilm and manuscripts
  • Civil War Collection, an extensive reference collection of Civil War materials for in-library use
  • Summer Reading Program, reading incentive programs for children and young adults
  • Story hours - inquire for schedule
  • Outreach story times for area pre-schools
  • Activities, talks, and programs for children and adults
  • Fax service
Materials On-hand
  • Books - 40,000
  • Magazines - 100 titles
  • Video cassettes
  • Compact discs
  • Audio cassettes
  • Microfilm - Albion Advertiser, Orleans Republican, Orleans American 1845-present
  • Pamphlet collection
  • City directories and cemetery records
  • Literacy Volunteers collection
  • Spanish Language collection
  • Newspapers - 6 titles
Operating Hours

Monday 10:00 - 8:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 8:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 8:00
Thursday 10:00 - 8:00
Friday 10:00 - 5:00
Saturday 10:00 - 5:00

Summer Hours (July 1st - Labor Day)

CLOSED Saturdays & Sundays



Holidays Closed
New Year's Day Day before Thanksgiving (at 5:00 pm)
Easter Sunday Thanksgiving Day
Memorial Day Christmas Eve
Independence Day Christmas Day

Labor Day

New Year's Eve (at 5:00 pm)

Directions to Swan Library
Located at 4 North Main Street in Albion, New York. The library is housed in a brick building on the Northwest corner of Main and State Streets across from the Court House Square. The Post Office is on the Southwest corner.

From the West (Lockport), take Route 31A to Route 98 (flashing light) turn north(left) and head into Albion. The library is at the corner of the second light located at Main and State Streets.

From Holley take Route 31 West to Route 98. At the signal light, turn north (right). The library is at the next light.

From Route 104 turn south onto Route 98. Approximately 4 miles.
Route 98 is also Main Street, Albion (Show Map)

Board of Trustees

PRESIDENT: Kevin Doherty  
VICE PRESIDENT: Jan Albanese  
SECRETARY: Karie Degan  
TREASURER: Linda Smith (Rep. of Mayor, Village of Albion)
  John Andrews  
  Margy Brown Ex-officio Member
  Dean London Ex-officio Member
  Carol Miller  
  Marie Snyder (Rep. of ACS Board President)
  Mariadele Theodorakos  
  Terry Wilbert  
Library Staff

Director: Betty Sue Miller

Nicole Struble Cheryl Mowatt
Delia Robinson Charity Garrow
Barbara Kyler Sarah Johnson
Wendy Peters Faith Howes
Debbie Barlow Sue Davis
Charlene Bloom Dirk Climenhaga
Gabby Malanoski  

A Member of the NIOGA Library System