The Erie County Public Library aims to improve the quality of life of all Erie County citizens by offering resources and programs that promote education, cultural enrichment and recreation.
The Public Library, which operates as part of the county executive’s administration under the oversight of the director of administration, has five facilities as well as the Bookmobile. About 1.3 million items were borrowed from the library in 2016.
The Public Library also acts as the district center for 15 independent libraries in Erie and Crawford counties.
As Library Director Mary Rennie says, the Erie County Public Library is as much about connections as it is collections.
To that end, the library has expanded programing by 45 percent in 2016. Programming for children and teens is particularly popular, with attendance at teen programs up an astonishing 482 percent in 2016.
The library also provides computer and internet access for residents. In 2016, more than 80,000 public computer sessions were logged at Erie County Public Library locations, and hundreds more residents are able to use the internet at home by borrowing mobile Wi-Fi hot spots.
In addition, the Erie County Public Library’s Blasco Library is undergoing renovation work that will result in the creation of the IdeaLab, a makerspace dedicated to boosting entrepreneurs in the region.
Did you know? Today, April 11, is International Library Workers Day.