April, 2017

Venango County Libraries to Form Partnership

The three Venango County public libraries (Oil City, Franklin, and Cooperstown) will be embarking on a new, official partnership, beginning in April 2017.  Each library will become a branch of the Oil Region Library Association (ORLA) and multiple members from the existing library boards will be members on the ORLA board.

“The libraries have always shared a similar purpose,” said Dan Flaherty, Director of the Oil Region Library Association. “Now we can concentrate on a unified mission that allows us to best serve all our patrons within our service area in Venango County.”

Each library will continue to operate in their respective locations, meaning funds received and designated for specific branches will be spent accordingly and each location will continue to have its own advisory board that is tasked with focusing on their specific branch. The partnership allows the libraries to better cooperate and benefit the community.

“Each current library will continue to focus its efforts on providing for the local residents it serves, while sharing in a unified county vision,” said Debbie Oaks, current Franklin Public Library Director.

All three libraries are in support of these efforts and board members and directors from each, along with the District Consultant, have been meeting for the past several months to work out the details of the partnership.

“We have been partnering together for years, working especially closely since the countywide card catalog was implemented in 2015,” said Flaherty. “This is a way for the libraries to come together and better serve our community.”

The collaboration will allow the libraries to be more flexible with operations, such as staff workflows, services, fundraising, vendor agreements, partnerships and meeting state aid standards.  The libraries will also be able to maximize their efforts, resulting in cost savings and efficiencies, especially over time.  Additional benefits to the partnership include more consistent patron service, easier access to resources and services, and more effective communications.

“From individual lives to entire communities, everyone benefits by having access to quality library service,” said Flaherty. “Collectively, this partnership gives our county residents the best chance to access this for years to come.”

December, 2016


Thank you for visiting our website, we hope it is helpful to you!  Please submit any suggestions for improvement to director@oilcitylibrary.org.

We have experienced a great year at the library with plenty of credit going to the generous support of our patrons!  Thank you all for your contributions and for utilizing all of the great resources we’ve been able to offer.

Our Circulation Desk is finally complete!  Thanks to grant money awarded through the PNC Foundation and Peters’ Trust in combination with a generous donation from the Oil City Youth Football program, we were able to relocate and renovate our Circulation Desk.  This will provide us with a quality area to operate and give patrons easier access for years to come.  We’re wrapping up the final phases which will convert the old desk area to a comfortable lounge area for patrons to browse new titles and relax.

This year we’ve been able to increase the amount of children’s programs and types of programs that have been offered.  Make sure you check them out and share with local kids and their parents!  We’ll also be a participating site for Teen Reading Lounge once again in Spring 2017!

In 2016 we were able to significantly increase our digital offerings thanks to the support of the Oil Creek Library District.  We now offer Zinio (digital magazines), AtoZ Databases (for businesses), ResumeMaker and Auto Repair Reference Center.  Additionally, our OverDrive ebook and digital audiobook collection has added many popular titles.

The library continues to increase and enhance partnerships.  The other two county libraries, Franklin Public Library and Cooperstown Public Library, have been very supportive of our efforts as we all seek to provide services to our Venango County residents.  We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from our patrons (and staff!) by sharing the same card for all three libraries and have plans to expand upon this relationship moving forward.


Library Projects

Library Stacks


The Library is currently embarking on a lot of various projects at one time!  We are excited for some of the changes we’ve already experienced while also eagerly anticipating the completion of a few others!  Let’s explore some of our current projects:

Website (you’re on it!)

Welcome to our new site!  We are thrilled to provide a new, modern online presence.  We thank J. Dunn for all the hard work that he put in to make this a reality.  Now it’s up to us to keep it current and up to you to provide additional feedback!  Thanks for visiting.

New Online Catalog (coming September 2015)

The Library is teaming up with the other two Venango County public libraries (Franklin Public Library and Cooperstown Public Library) to provide a new, merged catalog.  This means that users will be able to search all 3 catalogs at one time!  Furthermore, you’ll be able to use your 1 library card at all 3 locations!  Check them out here, return them there.  It will be a great system that makes life easier and more accessible for you!

Circulation Desk (expected completion, Spring 2016)

The Library received a grant to upgrade the current Circulation Desk.  We expect this will provide a better looking space that is more functional for staff and library patrons.