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The David A. Howe Public Library is the largest public library in Allegany County. The collection has over 110,300 items which are available through STARCat, the Southern Tier Automated Regional Catalog. Highlights of the collection include Allegany County local history materials, popular and educational DVDs, a large print collection, music on compact disc, electronic and print magazine subscriptions, and current local and regional newspapers. The David A. Howe is a New York State Document depository.

The library offers a wide array of cultural and educational programs for people of all ages in the community. Programs include academic lectures, book discussions, musical recitals, how-to workshops, children's entertainment, pre-school story hours, and summer reading activities.

From NY 17/86, take exit 30 onto Route 19 South. Proceed 9.5 miles through the junction of Routes 19 and 417. At the next light (Madison St.), turn left. Immediately turn left again onto the Pearl St. Extension. Parking is located on the north side of the building in the library parking lot or on Main St.

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Public computer workstations provide access to productivity software and electronic business, magazine article, and health reference resources through the Internet. The library holds free, introductory public computer and Internet classes.

Virtual Tour of the LibraryThe Georgian Colonial style building, begun in 1935 and opened in 1937, is a landmark on Main Street, visited by over 100,000 people every year. The heart of the library is in its Reference and Reading Rooms and Children's Section. The library building also includes meeting rooms, a local history room, an exhibition room where art shows are held throughout the year, and an auditorium which seats 340 people.
The David A. Howe Public Library provides books and other materials of popular interest and permanent value for the informational and recreational needs of all ages. Programs and services encourage reading and research for students starting with the preschool level. The library facilities afford a meeting place for cultural, social, and educational opportunities.

The David A. Howe Public Library is a member of the Southern Tier Library System which provides services and support for 48 libraries and reading centers in Allegany, Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, and Yates Counties.

David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895
Phone: 585-593-3410   Fax: 585-593-4176   Email: