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Attention patrons:

You may have received an email from the Southern Tier Library System stating your books are overdue. Please note, books owned by the Hornell Public Library are not due until October 1, and there are no fines.
However, books loaned by other libraries must be returned.
Books can be dropped off in the aluminum receptacle in front of the Hornell Library.  Please do this as soon as possible.
Books will be collected from the drop box several times a day and will be returned in the STLS delivery.

The Library is opening on Dec. 7th.

During this time, there will be no fines charged. All materials can still be returned in the book drop. All events have been cancelled. You may still check out books, movies, audiobooks from the STLS page. They will be increasing the number of items available for download.

Click here to view The Proposed School District Library Tax Levy 2020-2021

The entire Hornell Library Board is very grateful to the people of the Hornell School District for approving the new tax levy.  We also appreciate the support that the city of Hornell and Mayor Buckley have extended not us.

This approval means that we will be able to open the library sooner and return to full services.  After years of funding cuts, we can finish inside renovations, replace the roof on the storage shed, restore programing and fund the minimum wage increase for our employees.

The library will not receive any of these funds until early November.  However, Mayor Buckley has offered to facilitate a 0% interest loan for us so that we may open before our new funds arrive.

The library has teams of volunteers that are helping with the renovations.  Some are helping to weed the book collection, others are painting the children's room and downstairs spaces.

The Board has placed a new "free library" at the Genesee Street entrance.  The small building was built by volunteers with donated funds.  The books are from our weeding process and are duplicates or books that haven't been taken out in several years.  The books are free to all - take as many as you want, but please, don't bring them back! There are children's books, young adult and adult books.  We hope this will satisfy your reading hunger until we can open again.  

We look forward to serving all of you again.
Sincerely, Norm Ellis       Board of Trustees of the Hornell Public Library


Something for Everyone

At the Hornell Public Library, we’re always bringing in new materials of a variety of different mediums. Stop by today to see what we’ve got in stock!


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!

Interested in giving back to the library? Click here to download our appeal letter.

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:

It's Census time!

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The 2020 Census will count everyone who lives in the U.S. as of April 1, 2020. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers every year for the next 10 years. Click here to take the Census online.

If you like looking at data, check out the updated Census Self-Response rate map at Currently the national self-response rate is 36.2%, but in New York State it is only 31.1%. Let's get our state counted!
Response rates for our five counties is:
Allegany 25.7%
Chemung 38.6%
Schuyler 28.1 %
Steuben 34.5%
Yates 24.7 %

Hornell Public Library

Who We Are

The board and staff of the Hornell Public Library are committed to ensuring community members enjoy a safe, friendly space.

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Hornell Public Library

Our History

Since we first opened our doors more than 100 years ago, one thing has remained consistent — our commitment to the community.

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Library Policies

Curious to see how much time you have with your book, DVD, or eReader? Avoid late fees — check out our policies here!

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Library Events

There’s always something happening at the Hornell Public Library. Check back often to see what’s in store!

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