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Richmond Memorial Library


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19 Ross Street
Batavia, NY 14020
Voice: (585) 343-9550
FAX: (585) 344-4651

A little about the Richmond Memorial Library

Richmond Memorial Library was a gift to the Batavia School District by Mary E. Richmond in 1889, as a memorial to her youngest son, Dean Richmond, Jr. In 1979, a federally-funded addition tripled the size of the original building, making it accessible to the handicapped and allowing for a variety of programs and services.

The Library is chartered to serve the Batavia City School District, but in fact, serves all of Genesee County. Approximately ninety percent of our funding comes from the Batavia School District, while the remaining ten percent comes from delinquent fees, State and County aid, and various grants and donations.

Services Available
  • OPAC - Online Public Access Catalog, a computerized catalog of holdings of Richmond Library and the NIOGA Library System.
  • Community Resources - Electronic indexes to local clubs and organizations, and to articles in Batavia Daily News.
  • Internet - Access to a global electronic network that provides dynamic resources and facilitates communication.
  • Consumer Health Center - Dedicated computer with links to recommended medical and health care sites.
  • Reference Assistance - Trained staff to assist users by telephone or on site.
  • Interlibrary loan - Materials can be borrowed for Richmond Library patrons from other libraries in the NIOGA Library System, major public and academic libraries in the State, and the New York State Library in Albany.
  • Reserves - Items can be reserved and held for two days upon request.
  • Local History/Genealogy - Extensive collection of books, microfilm and manuscripts.
  • Story Hours - Toddler and Preschool Story Hours provide a variety of stories, songs, and crafts to the youngest library users.
  • Summer Reading Club - Reading incentive program offered annually with special themes and promotions.
  • Book delivery - Provided regularly to area nursing homes, senior residences and the homebound through the SAGE program.

Materials On-hand
  • Books (100,000 volumes)
  • Magazines (200 subscriptions)
  • Newspapers (10 subscriptions)
  • Maps (500)
  • Science Wizardry Kits for children (30)
  • Videos (3000 titles)
  • Books on Tape (3500 titles)
  • Microfilm ("Batavia Daily News" back to 1879). Positive prints can be made from microfilm and microfiche at 20¢ per print
  • Compact Discs (600 titles)
  • PCs (24) Software includes reference materials on CD-ROM (such as encyclopedias, business directories, phone directories, etc.) Microsoft Office 97, Internet access, and educational games for children.
Operating Hours
    Story Hour:
Monday 9:00 - 9:00  
Tuesday 9:00 - 9:00 10:30 Toddler
Wednesday 9:00 - 9:00 9:30 Tiny Tots, 10:30 Toddler
Thursday 9:00 - 9:00 10:00 Preschool, 6:30 Family
Friday 9:00 - 5:00  
Saturday 9:00 - 5:00  
Sunday CLOSED  
Summer Hours
Saturday CLOSED  


Holidays Closed
New Year's Day Labor Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Columbus Day
President's Day Thanksgiving Day
Memorial Day Christmas Eve
Independence Day Christmas Day
Directions to Richmond Memorial Library

Take Route 63 into the city of Batavia to Route 5 East. Take Route 5 East into downtown Batavia (you will also be on Route 33). In downtown Batavia, Routes 5 & 33 become Main Street. Take Main Street to Ross Street. Take Ross Street to the Library. (Show Map)

Library Policies
  • Library cards issued to residents of Genesee, Orleans and Niagara counties, and students and employees in Batavia. Fees of $1 to $5 to replace lost cards.
  • Patrons must present valid library card to check out any item.
  • Three week loan period for most materials, two weeks for new books and periodicals.
  • Videos available to adults eighteen years and over, for a period of one week.
  • Adult overdue charges: 10¢ per day per item, maximum fine of $4 per book, lost item: cost of replacement.
  • Children's overdue charges: 5¢ per day per item, maximum fine of $2 per book, lost item: cost of replacement.
  • Video overdue charges: $1 per day per video maximum fine of $20 per video lost item: cost of replacement.
  • Borrowed items may be renewed by telephone.
  • Library items can be reserved for a period of two days.
  • Library items can be returned through the book drop after hours but patron assumes full responsibility for materials.
  • Access to Internet workstations is available to patrons presenting their own valid library card, and registered as Internet Users. Registration includes agreement to Computer and Internet Use Polices and Rules (adopted by Board of Trustees 2/98).

Board of Trustees

PRESIDENT: Dana Charters  
TREASURER: Sally Sanford  
  Deborah Rider  
  Tracy Stokes  
  Rosemary Surowka  
Library Staff

Director: Robert Conrad

Kathleen Facer
Reference and Technology Librarian

Kelly March
Library Assistant, Children's and Teen Services

Vinise Bobrov
Children's Services Librarian

Michele Balonek
Circulation Lead / Technical Services Clerk

Paula Haven
Teen Services Librarian

Carol Richardson
Accounts Payable Clerk

Rita McCormack
Media Services Librarian

Alice Zito
Community Services / Programming Clerk

Leslie DeLooze
Community and Adult Services Librarian

Cathie Plaisted
SAGE Coordinator

Jill Crocker
Interlibrary Loan Clerk

Helen Cummings
Media Services Clerk

A Member of the NIOGA Library System