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Woodward Memorial Library



7 Wolcott Street
LeRoy, NY 14482
Voice: (585) 768-8300
FAX: (585) 768-4768

A little about the Woodward Memorial Library

On May 29, 1930 the doors of the Woodward Memorial Library opened to the community. The public library was a gift to the people of LeRoy from the five children of Orator and Cora Woodward in memory of their parents. The library was the first free public library in the community; previous libraries were by subscription. Built on the site of the Staunton Conservatory and Arts Building of Ingham University (1837-1891), the library was designed in the English Colonial style using stones from the conservatory.

The Woodward gift included the building and all equipment as well as money to purchase books and endowment funds to help support the library operation. Currently, the income from these funds helps maintain the building and purchase library materials.

The Woodward family had been active business people in LeRoy, and a large part of their fortune came from the manufacture and marketing of Jell-O. The family's generosity aided many LeRoy institutions but perhaps none so much or for so long as the Woodward Memorial Library.

The library was originally built with a small auditorium for community meetings, a museum area and kitchenette on the lower level, and the circulation desk, reference area, reading room, children's reading room and story hour room on the main floor. Gradually, the lower lever was changed to accommodate the children's room and workroom, and the elevator was added was added in 1988. The library is unusual in that it serves both the school and the community.

Operating Hours

Monday 9:00 - 8:30
Tuesday 9:00 - 8:30
Wednesday 9:00 - 8:30
Thursday 9:00 - 8:30
Friday 9:00 - 5:00
Saturday 10:00 - 4:00
Summer Hours
(When school is not in session)
Monday 10:00 - 8:30
Tuesday 10:00 - 8:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 8:30
Thursday 10:00 - 8:30
Friday 10:00 - 5:00
Saturday CLOSED


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

Take Route 5 East from Batavia into LeRoy. Cross Route 19 at the third traffic light, turn right onto Wolcott Street. Library is on the left.
Take Thruway to exit 47 (LeRoy). Follow Route 19 south to LeRoy. Turn left onto Main Street (Route 5). At third traffic light, turn right onto Wolcott Street. Library is on the left. (Show Map)


Board of Trustees

PRESIDENT: David Frost  
SECRETARY / TREASURER: Mary K. Hadley (not a trustee)
  Sandra Brady  
  Betty Gugino  
  Sam Yacuzzo  
Library Staff

Director: Sue Border

Cynthia Frisch
Elementary Librarian

Trish Riggi
Library Clerk

Betsy Halvorsen
Librarian (Children & Teen)

Mary Hadley
Senior Library Clerk

Bonnie Amend
Library Clerk


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