Libraries open with more hours, resources

The three libraries that make up the Oil Region Library Association are back in full swing and with more resources.

The Franklin, Oil City and Cooperstown libraries have opened this week at full hours, and they have also increased access to e-books and audiobooks through the OverDrive program.

Dan Flaherty, executive director of the Library Association, said the libraries are able to open with longer hours due to the increasing number of staff and community members becoming vaccinated.

Summer programs will begin later in June.

“We are very excited, especially with the return to programming,” said Flaherty.

The meeting rooms at the libraries are also open to the public since the lifting of capacity mandates.

The libraries have also increased access to online resources through OverDrive, which connects patrons to more than 38,000 e-books and audiobooks.

“We used to just share with the Oil Creek Library district several thousand books”, said Flaherty, but now through a reciprocal lending agreement “14 counties share access to their online library collections,” he added.

These e-books and audiobooks are available online and through the app Libby to all Library Association patrons.

The Oil City Library will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Franklin Library is now open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday. Hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Doors at the Cooperstown Library will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The library is closed Wednesdays.