Town of Collins Public Library

Town of Collins Public Library
Library Info

2341 Main St.
PO Box 470
Collins, NY 14034
United States

Fax: 716-532-6210
Abigail Barten-McGowan, Director

The library is located on Main Street (Route 39) in the middle of the block, one-half mile east of Route 62, between Mill Street and School Street. The parking lot is accessible from both Main Street and Mill Street. Wheelchair accessible. 

Public Access Computers:  16 desktop computers, including 4 computers for children in the youth area, plus 3 laptop computers. 2 free public scanners, reservation may be required. Printing 10 cents B&W per page, 25 cents color. Microsoft Office 2016 Applications, Internet Access, Access to library databases. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?" Free secure Wi-fi for your own devices. Mobile Printing from your phone or other device.

Black and white copies are available at 15 cents per page.

What's Special About the Collins Library

The library is designated as both a Rural Technology Center and a Pre-Schooler’s Door to Learning. The children’s area features a beautiful "Children of the World" globe-mobile which is suspended over the children’s computer table. Four computers are openly available to children. The library offers a spacious setting and comfortable seating in all areas.

We have concerts in the library nearly every month (check out our calendar for upcoming events). We have a weekly Quilting Club and monthly Movies co-presented with the Collins Seniors, and two monthly Book Clubs plus a new YA Book Club. There are a number of on-going children's activities on our schedule as well!

Interested in visiting with your school or group? 

Group Visit Applicaiton

We have a meeting room available for public use.

The Friends of the Collins Library is always looking for new members!

Download the Application, or visit the library for a copy.

Town of Collins Public Library Policies

System-Wide Policies

The Town of Collins Public Library is a member of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

Town of Collins Public Library

Out of an abundance of caution for our patrons and staff, we are still wearing masks - call to ask about accommodations. Monday 10-5, Tuesday 11-7, Wednesday Closed, Thursday 11-7, Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-3


We are open to the public. If you want to arrange for curbside pick up, give us a call!

As of 12/13/21 NYS requires facial coverings in the library.

As of 11/23/21, we are still requiring facial coverings and social distancing in the library. 


Hours are

Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday Closed

Thursday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday Closed


You must bring photo ID or your library card to check out items. 

We can now place holds on items at other libraries for no charge!


Any Returns will be accepted inside the library during open hours or in our drop box at the front of the building 24/7. 

Book donations will NOT be accepted at this time.

Thank you so much, and can't wait to see you soon!

Additional information about our Safety and Reopening Plans, as well as information about our plans for micro-cluster designations are available on our website under "What's Happening" and "Board Info"


Safety Plan - Amended 4/6/2021

Reopening Plan - Amended 4/6/2021

Micro-Cluster Plan , Appendix A , Appendix B- Amended 1/19/2021

Walk-Up Service Plan - Approved 11/19/2020




Kids Programs

  • Lego Club is returning the last Tuesday of each month! Registration required and limited, please call for details and registration.


Awesome Take & Makes will be available every week! Check Facebook for a demo each Monday, and stop in to pick up a kit while supplies last!



Young Adult Programming

  • YA Book Club is meeting 1/20/2022 at 5:30, reading "Shadow and Bone" by Leigh Bardugo. Visit the library for more info and to pick up a copy. Registration is required and limited. 


Adult Programs

  • Adult Evening Book Club's next meeting is Tuesday 2/15 at 5:30 pm reading Caste by Isabel Wilkinson. Registration is limited, so call to be put on a waiting list. 
  • Adult Craft is back! Our next craft will be Saturday, February 12th. Call for times and registration, or for information about the "Take and Make" option!


Much of our programming has moved online! Watch our Facebook Page for upcoming online programming.


More programs coming soon!


Sports Equipment Lending Program: 

Sports Equipment Share @ Collins Library

Now you can check out sports equipment through the Library!

NEW! We have kids sizes snowshoes available!

We have kids sized lacrosse and basketball kits available for check out, free with a library card. (Best for ages 5+)

Also Kids under the age of 17 who have fees can get them removed when the sports equipment it checked out!


Sponsored by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, and winner if the 2021 Penguin Random House Library award for Innovation. 

*Parent or guardian must sign a waiver and be present the first time equipment is borrowed. Equipment must be borrowed from and returned to our library. Equipment available for individuals, groups, and camps. 

More info available here: 

Basketball kit          Lacrosse Kit

Snowshoe Kit (Available now!)


Library of Things:

Library of Things Logo

Check out what's available through our catalog

JUST ADDED! Adult snowshoes!

Check out more than just books! Borrow a metal detector, tennis set, and more! Items must be borrowed from and returned to the Collins Library with an Adult card. Call for more details. 

Watch every Tuesday and Thursday on Facebook or YouTube Library of Things as we demo each of our items. 

What's next? Our top voted items to be revealed soon!


Check out our YouTube Page for programs

More coming soon!


Want some of our favorite resources? Check out these great links!


Art & Crafts for Families (updated 4/13/2020)

Arts & Crafts for Families #2 (updated 4/28/2020)

Science for Families (updated 4/13/2020)

Virtual Tours of Parks and Museums (updated 4/13/2020)

Virtual Tours of Gardens (updated 4/14/2020)

Virtual Tours of Parks (updated 4/14/2020)

Town of Collins Public Library Board Info

Annual Report

Board of Trustees

Holly Martindale, President
Elaine Thordahl, Vice President
Edith Schell, Secretary 
Becky Jo Summers, Treasurer
Barbara Ferro 
David Williams
Robert Gaylord
Cynthia Dishman
Helga Ciminesi
Kimberly Nobles

Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes

2022 Upcoming Regular Meeting Dates: 2/3, 4/7, 6/2, 8/4, 10/6, 12/8 (Thursdays at 6 pm)



2020 Minutes 

2020 Compiled Minutes

2019 Minutes

2018 Minutes

2017 Minutes

2016 Minutes

2015 Minutes


Bylaws of the Town of Collins Public Library - revised 6/4/2020, reviewed with no changes 6/3/2021


System Budget Information

2021 Local Discretionary Budgets - Proposed - will be reviewed by Board at April Meeting

2021 Proposed Revenue - Draft

2021 Proposed Expenses - Draft

2021 GCSD Tax Levy Detail - Draft

Strategic Plan

Long Range Plan of Service 2017-2021

A new strategic plan is being developed in 2021. Contact us if you're interested in being part of it!