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 new titles.

Job and Career Resource Center

Get detailed information on more than 1,100 occupations. Find careers that match your skills and interests. Access millions of current job and internship postings.  Create professional resumes and cover letters, master interviewing and networking techniques, and more. Job & Career Accelerator is your guide to getting hired. What are you waiting for – get started now!

Computer Skills Center

Video courses are the fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer. Use the materials in this center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design, and more. Skill level goes beyond basic to advanced.

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 RB Digital 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!  You can also download the app to gain access.

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

Gale Virtual Reference Library – Access for all of your reference needs.  Available anytime, easy to access and search material, plus citation support and exporting capabilities!  There are a wide variety of subjects including education, health/medicine, history, environment, business and much more!  If prompted for a password, use pl2612

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.

This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.


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.