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

    Extended Hours, Curbside pickup available, Library of things image

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



    Hours are

    Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Thursday 10:00 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 are not accepted at this time. We usually accept donations beginning in May. 

    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"


    Meeting Room Policy and Application




    Kids Programs

    Lego Club is back! Registration required and limited.

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


    • Monthly Scavenger Hunts - Come do a scavenger hunt through the children's area. Find all the clues and bring it up to the desk for a prize. Best for ages 5-12.



    March and April Events Brochure 

    • Pig Story Time - Tuesday 3/21 at 6 pm - Please call or stop in to register. 


    • Egg Hunt - Saturday 4/1 at 9 am or 9:30 am - Registration required and limited
    • Library Story Time - Thursday 4/6 at 2 pm - Please call to register
    • Rain Story Time - Thursday 4/13 at 6 pm - Please call to register
    • Unicorn Story Time - Saturday 4/22 at 1 pm - Please call to register


    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

    Collins Library Teen Book Bundles. Specially selected library books, along with snacks and other surprises. Fill out the survey form online!

    • Teen Book Bundles - NEW! Enjoy a box full of specially selected Library Books, along with snacks and other surprises. Return the books and box after 3 weeks, and keep everything else. Sign up by filling out form here before the first of each month. For grades 7-12.


    • YA Book Club now meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 pm. Visit the library for more info and to pick up a copy. Registration is required and limited. 
    • Upcoming YA Book Club titles: 
      • April 12th - Realm Breaker - Victoria Aveyard
      • May 10th - TBA



    Adult Programs

    • Adult Craft is back! Our next craft will be Saturday, April 15th to make Paper Flowers. Call for times and registration, or for information about the "Take and Make" option!


    • Adult Movie - "A Man Called Otto" 4/7 @ 1 pm -  Join us for a movie the first Friday of each month at 1 pm. We will bring the popcorn!


    • Adult Evening Book Club's next meeting is Tuesday 3/14 at 5:30 pm reading "The Four Winds". Visit the library to pick up a copy. Registration is required and limited. 


    • Morning Book Club is returning in March! Books will be available for pick up in February. First meeting will be Monday, March 20th at 11 am!


    • Cozy Knitters is returning soon! First meeting is 3/27 - registration required and limited.


    • Book a Technology Trainer - April 29th - Registation opens 4/1 - call for availability. 


    For any of our programming, if you require accommodation, please contact the library 7 days before the program. 


    More programs coming soon!


    Chromebook and Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending

    Chromebook, Wi-fi hotspot, mouse - available for checkout from Collins library.


    Come check out a Chromebook and Wi-Fi hotspot to for free internet from home!

    Request it with your Library Card and PIN through the catalog. 

    Check out period is 1 week, you can connect the Chromebook or your home devices to the hotspot. Children 16 and younger need internet permission on their library card and a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Call for more details. Must be picked up from and returned to owning library.



    Sports Equipment Lending Program: 

    Sports Equipment Share @ Collins Library

    Now you can check out sports equipment through the Library!



    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             Soccer Kit


    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. 

    Check out Facebook or YouTube Library of Things as we demo each of our items. 

    What's next? We're working on new ideas!


    Check out our YouTube Page for programs



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


    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

    2023 Upcoming Regular Meeting Dates: 4/6, 6/8, 8/3, 10/5, 12/7




    2020 Minutes 

    2020 Compiled Minutes

    2019 Minutes

    2018 Minutes

    2017 Minutes

    2016 Minutes

    2015 Minutes


    Bylaws of the Town of Collins Public Library - revised 6/2022


    System Budget Information

    2022 GCSD Tax Levy Detail ; 

    Strategic Plan

    Long Range Plan of Service 2017-2021

    Long Range Plan of Service 2022-2026