Books and Resources

Online Catalog

Access the Online Catalog to search the entire collection Oil City Library has to offer.  You are able to search the catalog for all items available in Venango County (Oil City Library, Cooperstown Public Library, Franklin Public Library) or just from each individual library.

Click here to access the Online Catalog

Click here to access the Kid’s Catalog

Featured Titles

Click on Featured Titles to preview a list of popular new titles.

eBooks and eAudiobooks

Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from our OverDrive collection.  OverDrive is the leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video worldwide. They deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services.  Our OverDrive collection is provided through and maintained by the Oil Creek Library District.

Digital Magazines

Check out our Zinio collection that includes 50 of the most popular magazines!  No loan periods so you have access forever once downloaded.  Check out back issues, get notifications when new issues are available and print pages/articles right from your screen!

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is the most popular language-learning resource in public libraries.   The software teaches real conversations in over 60 languages and makes it fun; no snooze-fests here. Mango also offers free mobile apps and learning through film.

Cool Stuff

The Library is currently in the process of diversifying the collection.  Click on “Cool Stuff” for more information.  Feel free to add suggestions of your own! We are working on providing recreational items, home tools and equipment.   Here is a list of items currently in the mix:

Recreational Items                                                 

-WiFi Hotspots -Metal Detector    Guitar and Amp  – Fishing Poles/Tackle Boxes

Home Tools  

Thermal Leak Detector   – VoltAlert   Torque Wrench

Electricity Usage Meter   – Auto-Leveling Laser/Stud Finder


ScanGuage II    Telescope

Ruby Handheld Magnifier    eReaders

More Databases

AtoZdatabasesPremier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 220 million residents – Access study guides, worksheets and practice tests anytime.  On-demand tutoring & job search assistance is available 3 pm – 10 pm daily!  Go back to school, study for GED/SAT/ACT, apply for a new job or become a US citizen.

Chilton Library – Find all the answers to your car repair and maintenance needs!  User name is pl2612, use your library card for the password.

Newspaper Archive – Great historical and genealogical resource.  A compilation of newspapers from around the world dating back to as early as the 1600’s up to modern times.  Local papers include “The Blizzard”, “The Derrick” and “Oil City Register”.

Power Library

POWER Library is the online portal to all that Pennsylvania libraries offer. This is the place to find trustworthy answers to questions about healthcare, consumer purchases, personal finances, and much more. Enjoy free 24/7 access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases, and eBooks. Research a subject. Learn about your family history. Locate a title. Explore career options. It’s all here at POWER Library.  POWER Library is a service of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and is hosted by HSLC.

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

Can’t find what you’re looking for in our collection? Never fear, ILL is here to meet your needs! Put in a request using our online ILL Form and we’ll borrow it from another Library for you to loan.

AccessPA (ShareIT)

Statewide database of library catalogs, accessible from a single website.  This service enables resource sharing across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  AccessPA is a service of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and is hosted by HSLC.