Steele Memorial Library

Steele Memorial Library101 E. Church St.
Elmira, NY 14901


M: 9 AM – 8 PM
T: 9 AM – 8 PM
W: 9 AM – 8 PM
Th: 9 AM – 8 PM
F: 9 AM – 5 PM
Sa: 1 PM – 5 PM

Curbside pickup appointments are available, by request.

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The Steele Memorial Library was incorporated in 1893 by Esther Baker Steele and others as a memorial to her husband, Joel Dorman Steele. The library was first located in the Realty Building at the corner of Lake & Market streets, beginning 1923 at Lake and East Church streets, and since 1979 at the corner of Church and Clemens Center Parkway. A major renovation was undertaken between 1999 – 2001 resulting in new interior design, furnishings, carpeting, and expanded electronic services. Since 1995 the Steele Memorial Library has been the Central Library for the Southern Tier Library System.

Click here to read a short biography of Joel Dorman Steele.