Library History

In 1985 a “dream came true” when the first public library opened in Genesee. First Citizens National Bank donated its old bank building in to the Genesee Township to be use as a public library.

Genesee Township Supervisors appointed Arleta Butler, Dee Smith, Gary King, Myra Crippen, Linda Chamberlain, Nancy Reiman and Teresa Palmatier to serve as members of the library board. With the help of County Librarian Laurie Shear and the Potter-Tioga Library system the library held its first open house on June 29, 1985 as part of Genesee Old Home Day.

In the summer of 2015, we celebrated our 30th anniversary!

Genesee Area Library Statement of Purpose

The members of the Genesee Area Library Board of Trustees see the purpose of this library as being of service to the community in response to a variety of needs.

  • First, we are a cultural institution, being a repository of history, art, music, and literature.
  • Second, we are most certainly an educational institution, offering research facilities, parenting resources, career, and computer centers.
  • Third, we provide recreational materials at all levels through books, tapes, and videos.

We offer these opportunities to young and old, rich and poor, equally and conveniently, regardless of race, religion, and/or sexual orientation. The Genesee Area Library strives to enable, empower, and encourage lifelong learning and discovery.

Genesee Area library is a member of the Potter-Tioga Library System and a PA Forward Gold Star Library. You can learn more about the PA Forward Star Program by visiting here.