A Brief History of the Baldwinsville Public Library
Fall of 1946: the Baldwinsville Travelers Club formed a library committee to investigate establishing a library in the village.
January 6, 1948: The library opened its doors for the first time in two rooms of the old trolley station that served as the Lysander Town Building.
February of 1953: The Friends of the Library was organized as the result of committee initiative of the Baldwinsville Travelers Club.
November 13, 1956: The library opened in a renovated house located at 17 Charlotte Street. The library continued to grow and flourish in its new home.
1961: the Onondaga Library System (now the Onondaga County Public Library System) was organized. Membership in this system allowed the Baldwinsville Library to cooperate and share services with other libraries. This included having one library card good at all member libraries. OCPL membership facilitated interlibrary loan, cataloging, printing, and consultant services from the system headquarters.
May 7, 1974: The voters of Baldwinsville approved a proposal to become a school district public library.
1975: The library moved to the former Woolworth’s at 43 Oswego Street. Over the years the library became a central component of life in the Baldwinsville community.
Fall of 1993: A public referendum was overwhelmingly passed for construction of a new facility.
October 29, 1995: An exciting day as over 2,500 people participated in the Grand Opening of the new library at 33 East Genesee Street.
Mission & Roles
Our Mission: To nurture love for learning, creativity and positive collaboration within the community.
The Baldwinsville Public Library provides:
- Meeting spaces
- Quiet study areas
- Public computer lab
- Adult and Children’s reference desks
- Community art gallery featuring local professional and amateur artists
- Computer courses
- Tech-Help drop in the Library Training Lab
- Downloadable material (e.g. ebooks, eaudiobooks, movies, TV, music, etc.)
- Resources for community members (e.g. study help, genealogy, small business resources, etc.)
BPL staff work continuously to provide new and improved resources and services to our Baldwinsville community.