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At the Hornell Public Library, we're committed to providing our community with an extensive number of resources. That's why we have over 51,000 materials available on-site, with many more through our extensive library network.

Curious to learn more? Give us a call at 607-324-1210, or stop by — we're open Monday - Thursday 10-8, Friday 10-5, and Saturday 10-2. We look forward to meeting you!

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Hornell Public Library

Mission Statement

The Hornell Public Library is a community-based agency whose primary purpose is to provide information, education, and recreation to people of all ages through an organized collection of print, non-print materials, and access to digital resources and technology.

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A Century of Community

For more than 100 years, the Hornell Public Library has given the people of Hornell, NY, a welcoming place to congregate and enjoy reading and learning. Whether you’re looking for a book, audiobook, CD, or DVD, our friendly staff is always ready and willing to help you find it.

Our collection of materials is vast, but we’d particularly like to highlight our extensive number of children's books, many of which are primarily written in Spanish and French. In addition to the numerous pieces of literature that we have on hand, our patrons have access to a number of reference databases, such as America's News Database, Hornell Evening Tribune, and Heritage Quest.

For your reference, you may check out these links:

News and Announcements


150th year celebration a huge success

Click the links below to read the Evening Tribune's coverage of our 150th anniversary celebration:

Libraries Rock: Summer Reading program theme

The Bubbleman, Lego Contest, The Reptile Guys, Balloon Animals and The Science Fair are just a few of the super events planned for the Childrens Summer Reading Program at the Hornell Public Library. The fun begins July 2nd and runs thru August 21st. Register by filling out a registration form at the Library or by calling 607-324-1210 during Library hours. Registrants will need to pick up their program packet upon registration. Call in registrants will need to drop by the Library to pick up their packets before the start of the program. Return hours record by August 16th by dropping them off at the Library or email them to An end of the Summer Reading Party will take place at 2pm on Tuesday August 21st. Many thanks to the donors that make this all possible. Special thanks goes out to Dr. Stephan Greenberg, The Friends of The Hornell Public Library, Steuben Trust, Pizza Hut, Minnehans and to those who donated in memory of Robert (Bob) Stewart.

The Summer Lunch Program will also be offer again the year at the Hornell Public Library. A healthy lunch will be served from 11:30am-12:30pm Monday thru Friday. Any child 18 and under can stop by and get a free lunch. The program starts July 9th and ends August 17th. . The USDA, the NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT and the LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS sponsor the Summer Lunch Program.

Libraries Rock theme is alive and well in the Hornell Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program. When adult readers check out books they get their name added to the drawing for an Alexa (AMAZON). The more patrons read the more chances to win. Just sign your name and add your phone number to the bottom of your check out receipt and you’re in! It all starts July 2nd. Oh by the way Alexa is on display at the circulation desk. So stop by and ask Alexa a question you might be surprised at the answer!

Click here to download a complete calendar of Summer Reading Program Events



  • Decide how many hours you want to read each week during the summer, multiply by 6 weeks; get the total number of hours you promise to read this summer. For example, 1 hour per week times 6 weeks = 6 total hours. Six hours is the minimum we ask you to read or be read to.
  • Register at the Library to join the Summer Reading Program. You may register any time after school lets out.
  • August 17th, return your hours by simply dropping by the library, calling 324-1210, or emailing us at August 21th at 2pm, come join us for our end of summer party and collect your prizes.
  • Our local Pizza Hut is giving children who complete their summer reading hours a certificate for a personal pan pizza.
  • Minnehan’s in Lakeville is also giving incentives for reading. Minnehan’s is a small amusement park just off exit 8 on 390 north. Each child can earn up to four certificates for activities like go-kart racing at Minnehan’s.
  • July 9th- August 17th We offer Free Lunch to any child under 18 who comes to the library at 11:30 am- 12:30 pm
  • Prizes for some contests include prizes from Darien Lake, Sea Breeze, Finger Lakes Boating Museum (Hammondsport), Corning Museum of Glass (Adult Passes), Glenn Curtiss Aviation Museum, Buffalo’s Explore & More Children’s Museum, YMCA, Spotlight of Hornell Cinema, Maple City Bowl, and passes to Genesee Country Museum.

Hornell Public Library Movie Big Success

A joint project between the Hornell Intermediate School, the Spotlight Theater and the Friends of the Hornell Public Library produced a successful movie that depicts events that shaped the Hornell Public Library from 1868 to the present day. The movie premiered at the Spotlight Theater Saturday June 9th.                                                        

The Hornell Public Library is celebrating the 1868 inception of the Library Association (Board of Trustees) and 150 years of service to the Hornell Community this year.

The movie, which stars students from Linda Walter’s 6th grade computer technology class, covered the early history of Hornell right up to the opening of the Hornell Carnegie Library on Genesee Street in 1868. Local businesses, church organizations and community groups all contributed to the movie. There were excerpts dedicated to the Men Who Started the Library, the Lyceum Movement, 20th Century Libraries, Andrew Carnegie’s role and Early Libraries in Hornell.

Businesses that have been in Hornell for 100 years or more were especially highlighted. Special guests, many of which were interviewed by the 6th graders, were: Collette Cornish (Hornell City Historian), Eugene Baker (Erie Railroad Museum), Mayor John Buckley, Laura Pico and Jim Dagon (Dagon Funeral Home), Jeremy Palotti (Superintendent of Hornell City Schools), Kim Wood (Park Methodist Church), Cindy Baker (United Presbyterian Church), Michael Colomai (St Ann Church), Jason Jordan (Hornell Tribune), Rob Gilebrist (YMCA), Laura Vetter (St. James Mercy Hospital), Gary Miles (Salvation Army) Andrew Smilinich (Hornell Armory) Eric Shults (Shults and Shults Law Firm) Dan Smith (Hornell Fire Chief), Jeremy Holbrook (Maple City Savings), Coleen McDaniels (American Legion) and Jim Griffin(Hornell IDA). Also appearing in the movie were Alice Taychert (Director, Hornell Public Library) Norm Ellis (Hornell Library Board President) Sue Knapp (Secretary Hornell Library Board and Friends of the Hornell Library Board) Jeanette Reed (Treasurer Friends of the Library) Mary McDaniels (President Friends of the Library and Board of Trustees member).

A copy of the movie is available at the Hornell Library. Patrons of the Hornell Library can borrow the movie by presenting their patron card at the front desk. Access to the movie is also available at the Hornell City Schools web site: by clicking on Intermediate School, student links, Mrs. Walter, and Library 150th Anniversary.



The Hornell Public Library recognized Tom Manikas (Kneeling) for his years of dedication to the Children's Summer Reading Program this past Monday, June 18th.

Tom was a major donor for 19 years. He is the former franchise owner of the Hornell McDonalds. Alice Taychert, Director of the Hornell Public Library, makes the presentation.



Voters in the Hornell City School District voted 39-0 to pass the Hornell Public Library Tax Levy this past Tuesday, June 19th. Voters were asked to cast a yes or a no on the following proposition: Shall the annual sum of money be raised by taxation from the residents of the Hornell City School District for the Hornell Public Library be raised from $170, 000 to $174,700 annually in accordance with New York State Law 259 to provide library services.

Photo names: Election Inspector Joan Ebner (Left), Election Inspector Joan Coleman (Right). Judy Pease resident of the Hornell City School District (Standing).


Michael Bronson receives a kiss from his wife Jeanette Reed as she presents him with a plaque recognizing his unselfish efforts as a volunteer for the Friends of the Hornell Public Library. Michael is a retired teacher and taught for 35 years. Watch form Mike's upcoming presentation on World War I in the fall of 2018. Mike received his award at a special reception sponsored by the Friends of the Hornell Public Library on Thursday, June 21st. 


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