The Library

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About the Library

old-library-bldgThe library in Ulysses was built in 1918 with a bequest as a memorial to Willis I. Lewis, a descendant of a Ulysses founding family. Previously, the ladies of the community struggled to maintain an inadequately housed collection of books. The building was 550 square feet and was designed to house 4,000 volumes.

In 1989 Laura Lewis bequeathed a sum of money to the Library Association. This was the start of our building fund. In 1999 a building committee was formed. On August 3, 2001, a contract for $196,000 was signed to construct the new 2800 square foot building. In April of 2002 we moved into the new building by forming a human chain to transfer the books.

Mission Statement

The purpose and major responsibility of the Board is the maintenance of a free, public, nonsectarian library which serves the informational, educational and recreational needs of all the residents of the area for which the board is responsible by providing free access: (1) to an organized and currently useful collection of printed items and other materials, and (2) to the services of a staff trained to recognize and provide for those needs.

It shall be the responsibility of the Board of Trustees to meet those standards for public libraries as established by Borough, County, State, or other governmental bodies, in order that the Ulysses Library be recognized as a free, public library, registered with the State as a charitable institution; and as a free and independent institution for the public welfare.

The library board meets the third Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November at 7 p.m. in the Library

Board of Trustees Members
Barry Hayman, President
Benjamin Olney, Vice President
Linda Mitchell, Secretary
Diane Erway, Treasurer
Dylan Foust
Nancy Seely
Darlene Thompson
Wanda Shirk

Member of the Potter-Tioga Library System


  • Print: Books (includes large selection of Adult Large Print) and Magazines
  • 3 best seller large print books added to our collection each month!
  • booksOver 16,000 fiction and non-fiction titles for Adults, Young Adults and Children
  • Yearbooks, Pamphlets, Tax forms
  • Media: Videos, Books on tape, DVDs and CDs
  • Hundreds of videos & DVDs in our collection — we may not have the newest titles but we have the most in the area!
  • Rotating Books on CD and Adult Large Print Books from the Potter-Tioga Library System – changed quarterly
  • Genealogy: Books, CDs and some written Records – including the following:Genealogy of Northern PA (3 volumes) – Beers History of McKean, Elk, Cameron & Potter – Historical Sketches of Potter County – History of Tioga County, PA – History of Allegany County, NY – Public Records Online – Genealogy Online – Tri-Counties Genealogy – 1880 United States Census – Some Potter County Census records (including 1920)

Astronomy Outreach Lending Program

ProjectCherry Springs State Park and the Ulysses Library have teamed up to develop an astronomy outreach lending program. Thanks to Greg Snowman, the park’s environmental educator, a box of equipment and other resources have been placed in the library. These items may be checked out for up to seven days. Contents include a special telescope to use for stargazing, eyepieces, lens, binoculars, moon filter, maps and books.


STEM Backpacks

The Ulysses Library received four backpacks from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries to provide STEM materials and books for young children and their adults to enjoy.The funds that provided the backpacks were made available through the Cruise into Kindergarten initiative. Each backpack focuses on a STEM topic – measuring, nighttime, nature, and simple machines. These are available to be checked out.


“Wee Build” Building Sets

We now have Wee Build Building Sets, available for in-library use! These include simple blocks, magnetic
tiles, and plastic construction sets for houses, bridges, and vehicles. Open-ended block play helps children learn many important skills such as problem solving, cooperation, planning, and prediction. All toy sets are also available anytime for in library use. (Special thanks goes out to the Office of Commonwealth Libraries for funding this “Cruise Into Kindergarten” program grant!)


Home Bound Delivery
is an outreach program of the Ulysses Library. It enables home bound residents of Ulysses to continue using the library’s resources. Any of the library’s circulating materials may be requested. Library volunteers or staff will deliver and pick up all items from your place of residence. If you are interested in this service please call the library (848-7226) and our staff will be glad to assist you.


  • computerNine (9) Computers with Internet Access for public use. Each computer has access to:
  • PA POWER Library
  • Microsoft Office: (Word, Excel, Access, Publisher)
  • Children’s Games
  • Access PA Catalog – catalog of materials available across PA
  • Colored scanner/printer (copies are 50 cents each)

Other Services

  • Inter-library loan cooperation within the State
  • Computer Scanner available for public use
  • Fax machine — $1 charge per page
  • We work in co-operation with the Northern Potter school librarians and have Accelerated Reader’s List and Reading Competition Lists available, with books, for the students.


If you would like to place a memorial or tribute to someone please contact the Librarian. Books can be purchased for this purpose or placed in the Building fund.