About

Mission Statement

The mission of the Lewiston Public Library is to enrich lives by meeting the informational, educational and recreational needs of the community through a variety of resources and outreach programs.

History

The Lewiston Public Library began in 1901 when the Men’s Club of Lewiston held a New Year’s Party and asked each person in attendance to bring two books. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, invited but unable to attend, sent an autographed copy of his book on Oliver Cromwell. This book is still on display in the Local History Room. When the new Library was dedicated in 1991, former U.S. Presidents Ford, Carter, Nixon, and Reagan sent autographed copies of their books to add to this collection.

Chartered as a Free Library in 1902, support was maintained by public subscription with members of the Lewiston Service Guild collecting door-to-door for operating funds. As Library use increased, the Trustees recognized that a dedicated source of funding was needed to maintain standards and allow for continued growth. In 1976 this funding was secured with the approval of a Public Library Charter and the Library is now supported by tax dollars.

The Library has been housed in several buildings in the historic village, eventually finding a permanent home when the present structure was built, in 1990, at 305 South 8th St.  The children’s wing was added in 1999.

Board of Trustees

The library trustees meet on the first Monday of every month at 5pm.

PRESIDENT: Linus Ormsby
VICE PRESIDENT: Barbara Coppock
TREASURER: Bill Leggiero
SECRETARY: Michael Marra
Margaret Salada
Mary-Jo Farrell
Matthew Feldman

Funding

The library, which has an annual budget of approximately $400,000, is funded primarily by the Town of Lewiston.  Other financial support is provided by Niagara County, the Town of Niagara, state aid, grants and donations.

The Friends of the Library, a volunteer organization, provides support through a variety of fundraisers, including a book-sale room and the GardenFest raffle.

In 2016, the library received $392,170 (90%) of its total revenue from the Town of Lewiston. Other government aid included $16,453 from Niagara County and $1,667 from the Town of Niagara. The library received Local Library Services Aid from New York State in the amount of $3644 and another $270.00 from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

The Town of Lewiston cut the library budget to $352,953 for 2017.  We anticipate our other aid to remain about the same.

We recently established a foundation that will provide additional support to the library. The goal is to provide flexible and immediate funding so that the library can address current needs not met through the budget process. Significant contributions will allow the library to begin to enrich collections, upgrade technology, expand public programming and assist in capital improvement projects.