Byron-Bergen Public Library

13 South Lake Avenue
Bergen, NY 14416


There has been a library in Bergen since 1815. The library has been through many changes and places where the books were housed. In 1962 the Bergen Reading Room opened in the town hall where the library stands today. The Triangle Club was involved in the beginnings of the library. They were certified by the Board of Education in October 1985 as a public library.

1811 - Settlers gathered books for a library.

1815 - Moral Library established.

1906 - Reading Club formed.

1925 - School on Rochester Street was built. Members of the Triangle Club (a reorganized YWCA club) raised money for the library at the school.

1935 - Women from the Triangle Club started a library in the home of Miss Helen Rogers at 22 South Lake Street.

1947 - The Village Board gave money to the library for books.

1948 - Miss Rogers sold her home. The books were moved to the Bergen Grange at 27 Rochester Street.

1950's - The Grange decided it did not have enough room for the books so they were then stored in Ken and Virginia Baron's barn at 24 Clinton Street.

1959 - The NIOGA Library System was chartered by the State of New York. This system covered Niagara, Orleans, and Genesee Counties. The women from the Triangle Club, the Fireman's Auxiliary and the community petitioned the Bergen Town Board to support a library.

1962 - The Bergen Reading Center open July 16th under the direction of the NIOGA Library System in the Bergen Town Hall Meeting Room/Court Room.

1985 - The Bergen Reading Center was chartered by the State of New York for the towns of Bergen and Byron with its library at the Bergen Town Hall. It's name was now the Byron-Bergen Public Library. The Gillam-Grant Community Center contracts with the Byron-Bergen Public Library for public money and services for its library.

1987 - The Bergen Fire Department moved to new facilities north of the village.

1988 - The Byron-Bergen Public Library moved into the renovated fireman's truck room at the Bergen Town Hall.

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