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Lewiston Public Library



305 South Eighth Street
Lewiston, NY 14092
Voice: (716) 754-4720
FAX: (716) 754-7386

A little about the Lewiston Public Library
The Lewiston Public Library began in 1901 when the Men's Club of Lewiston held a New Year's Party and asked each person in attendance to bring two books. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, invited but unable to attend, sent an autographed copy of his book on Oliver Cromwell. This book is still on display in the Local History Room. When the new Library was dedicated in 1991, former U.S. Presidents Ford, Carter, Nixon, and Reagan sent autographed copies of their book to add to this collection.

Chartered as a Free Library in 1902, support was maintained by public subscription with members of the Lewiston Service Guild collecting door-to-door for operating funds. As Library use increased, the Trustees recognized that a dedicated source of funding was needed to maintain standards and allow for continued growth. In 1976 this funding was secured with the approval of a Public Library Charter and the Library is now supported by tax dollars.

The Library has been located in many different buildings in the community. It was first housed in the present Quote and Quill, then moved to the Hotchkiss General Store, now DiCamillo Bakery, and in 1961 moved to the Hotchkiss building, commonly known as the Long House.

In 1990 the Library moved to the present site at 305 South Eighth Street. In 1999 a new children's wing was added.
Services Available
  • Free Wireless Internet Available
  • Online public catalog, a computerized listing of the Library's and System holdings.
  • Public use computers with free Internet access, word processing and assorted reference programs.
  • Weekly children's story programs for Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers. Special events and clubs for all ages.
  • Reference service by phone or in person.
  • Computer Tutoring Available.
  • Interlibrary loan - Patrons may borrow materials from other libraries in the Nioga System.
Materials On-hand

  • Books (56,000)
  • Magazines (120 titles)
  • Newspapers (7)
  • Audio Cassettes (400)
  • Compact Discs (1300+)
  • Books on Tape (1,000+)
  • Books on CD (50+)
  • Video Cassettes (1,000+)
  • DVD (280+)
    Operating Hours

    Monday 10:00 - 8:00

    Tuesday 10:00 - 8:00

    Wednesday 10:00 - 5:00

    Thursday 10:00 - 5:00

    Friday 12:00 - 5:00

    Saturday 10:00 - 3:00

    Sunday CLOSED

    Summer Hours
    Closed Saturdays 3rd week in June through 2nd week in September


    Children's Programs & Events



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

    In Lewiston. go through the first signal (Tops on your left). Continue through the second signal. The street immediately after the second signal is Eighth Street. Turn left (south) on Eighth Street. Eighth Street is two blocks long. The Library is the large red brick building - the last building on the right. (Show Map)


    Board of Trustees

    PRESIDENT: Linus L. Ormsby, Jr.
    VICE PRESIDENT: Barbara Coppock
    TREASURER: Nancy Smith
    SECRETARY: Jeannine Brown Miller
      Jill Birmingham
      Margaret Salada
      Christopher Salada
    Library Staff

    Director: Jill Palermo

    Ann Siejka
    Library Clerk

    Lynda LaGreca
    Library Secretary

    Michelle Kratts
    Library Assistant


    A Member of the NIOGA Library System