Welcome to the Oil City Library.  

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
- Sir Richard Steele

Providing free library cards to residents of the following municipalities:
  • City of Oil City
  • Rouseville Borough
  • Cornplanter Township
  • President Township
Effective May 20, 2013, Non-Resident cards may be purchased at a cost of $37.50, this fee covers all members within the Household.

Oil City Library is also a participating site for the Statewide Access PA card borrowing privileges.


Summer Reading Program at the
Oil City Library.

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At The Library

The Oil City Library maintains meeting rooms: one large meeting room and one smaller conference room. The rooms may be scheduled for use by nonprofit organizations at no cost and for business organizations or individuals at a $35 usage fee.

To schedule the meeting rooms, please call the Library at 814.678.3072. Also, select the Meeting Rooms link on the left hand side of the Home Page to read the meeting room policy and application, which can be printed, permitting you to complete the application portion (the last page) and return it to the Library.

BookPage: Discover your next great book.
Click the BookPage link for the online version and pick up a print copy at the library.  This service is funded by the Friends of OC Library.
The library holds over 94,000 volumes, including 12 newspapers and over 200 magazines.
  • The Children's collection houses approximately 18,000 books covering all age levels. The collection features a Juvenile Professional Collection for parents and teachers.
Oil City Library utilizes the SirsiDynix, Symphony Library Management System, a fully automated circulation, cataloging, and online catalog system.
The library also houses the Heritage Room, open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1 pm - 5 pm, which has local history and genealogical materials.
Since July 1, 1995, the Oil City Library has been designated by the State Library to be one of the twenty-nine district library centers in the state. The library, also known as the Oil Creek District Library Center, serves as the district library for the fourteen public libraries in the counties of Venango, Clarion, and Jefferson. Currently the library is in operation 64 hours per week and is staffed by eleven full-time and part-time employees.
Danial Flaherty is the director of the Oil City Library and administrator of the Oil Creek District Library Center.
In addition to the Oil City Library, the Oil Creek District includes libraries in Clarion, Jefferson, and Venango Counties. Click on the "Other District Libraries" link in the left column or the "Libraries" link below for a list of member libraries.
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