West Elmira Library

1231 West Water Street
Elmira, NY 14905


The first record of library service in West Elmira was in 1926, from a temporary station. This was followed by an area of shelving housed in the old Town Hall, with materials handled by Town staff. Eventually, the east wing of the Town Hall was rented to the Library in 1952, with Edna Davidson serving as the first librarian. The current building was constructed in 1965 by Welliver Construction, based on plans provided by the architectural firm of Hirsch and Cassetti. A major renovation was undertaken in 1989, with new carpeting, paint, and furniture. Followed by energy-efficient lighting in 1993, air conditioning in 1994, and a new roof in 1996. In 1999, category 5 cable was installed. The work area and kitchen updated with new furnishings in 2002.

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