2022 Hours

Cattaraugus Free Library Hours

Monday:  11 – 4

Tuesday:  11 – 6

Wednesday:  11 – 4

Thursday:  11 – 6

Friday:  11 – 4

  • All patrons must sanitize their hands upon entering the library.
  • Computer usage will be limited; Children’s gaming will be allowed on computers 1, 3, and 7 only.
  • Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a person 14 years or older.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the library.
  • Please be respectful of staff and other patrons.

Thank you for your patronage!

Enjoy complimentary access to NYTimes.com

Compliments of the James Prendergast Library Association.

Inside the library:

Click HERE to access the New York Times.

You will need to log in to your account. If you do not have an New York Times account, you will need to create an account using your email address.*

Remote access:

Click HERE to activate your remote access code.

Click “Redeem” to activate a 72-hour pass for remote access. Once this pass expires, you can activate another code.

You will need to log in to your account. If you do not have an account with the New York Times, you will need to register with your email address.

*Keep in mind that registering an email address will sign you up for promotional email from the New York Times. You can opt out of these emails when registering.

The Cattaraugus Free Library Receives National Grant for Small and Rural Libraries

$3,000 Grant Will Help the Library Work with Residents in Reviving the Community

Cattaraugus — The Cattaraugus Free Library has been selected as one of 200 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities. The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help the library focus on a community engagement project in hopes of reenergizing the Village of Cattaraugus.

“We are honored to be chosen for this amazing opportunity,” said Library Director Lori Antholzner. “This grant will allow our library to start a much needed discussion on what can be done to revitalize the beautiful Village of Cattaraugus. Every successful endeavor starts with a great conversation and we are thrilled to be a part of this project.”

As part of the grant, the Cattaraugus Free Library staff will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then host an outdoor conversation in late spring with residents to discuss what they feel is vital to the community. The grant funds will cover the expenses of the project including printing, postage and research hours.

“Over the past few years, residents have witnessed many businesses and factories leave the village, including the only grocery store, gas station and pharmacy. What can be done to lure such things back to our community?” If you are interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversation, please contact Lori Antholzner at 716-257-9500, or visit www.cattarauguslibrary.org for more information.

More than 300 libraries applied for the grant, according to ALA.

Since 2014, ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff.

“Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).”

Ancestry Library Edition

Discover your unique personal history!

The Cattaraugus Free Library has a new resource that uses technology to make tracing family trees easier.  Ancestry Library Edition, a Web-based reference tool distributed by ProQuest, will allow you to start exploring your roots by searching a surname.  Anyone can come into the library to dig into Ancestry Library Edition‘s millions of records — as far back as the 1400s.

Once connected to Ancestry Library Edition, you’ll find a friendly opening screen that asks for the name of the person to be searched.  Key in the name, click on “Search” and Ancestry Library Edition scans its vast selection of U.S. federal and state census data, birth, marriage, and death records, military records, Social Security death records, and immigration lists.  It also includes an extensive collection of information from the U.K., including images, census records, and civil registrations.  Additionally, probate records dating back to the 1500s are included from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.  The information you find are pieces of a puzzle that you’ll assemble.  These records have “clues” to the past — places where ancestors lived, names of relatives, birth or death dates, etc. — that lead to more information.  Names can be added to form the “tree” or searched to find more clues.

Access Ancestry Library Edition in the library only HERE.