Please Enter! – Modified Hours

Dansville Public Library is now open for business.  If you prefer pick-up service, please continue to call with your requests for books, videos, audio books and magazines at 585-335-6720.  Back issues of our newspapers can also be borrowed.  And if you need home delivery, we can do that as well.

When visiting the Library, stop at the hand sanitizing station, and pause to make sure your face mask covers nose AND mouth.  Maintain social distancing.  You are welcome to browse the shelves to pick out your own materials to borrow.  One-to-one help may be limited as we need to keep you safe  — please allow us to point rather than touch your computer or the keyboard on your device when you need our assistance.  One person per table for reading or study is permitted; used Library books, papers, magazines can be left on the table when you finish reading.

Staff members will do your copies and send your FAXes.  This limits the time spent for  required sanitizing of the machines.  Restrooms are still off limits for the time being.  Current hours of service are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We hope to add some evening and Saturday service hours in early October.  For questions and concerns, please call Director Terry Dearing at 585-335-6720 or send an email to

Two computers only are in use, and you might prefer to call ahead to schedule your time on the machine.  We need to limit all visits to about an hour.  Children and families are welcome, and please accompany any child for the immediate future.  Room capacity in the Shepard building Children’s Library has to be limited due to lack of space.  At any one time, one family group of 3 or more, or 2 or 3 individuals who are not family/friends can be accommodated in the Children’s Library.  Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe and healthy.

The number of items you can borrow is still at a limit of 7 with the normal restrictions on the number of DVDs that can go home with you.  Our Library System delivery service is running only one visit per week due to staffing limits.  Please ask us for help placing any items on hold.  Things continue to move forward slowly; we ask for your patience.  Come visit soon!


Register to Borrow Online

So — you need to borrow from Dansville Public Library but you aren’t registered with us?  Problem solved!  Just fill out the self-registration form by clicking on the link below, and you can be registered FAST!

If you are already registered, we’ll update your information in our files and then we’ll be in touch.  If you aren’t registered, we’ll let you know, and send  your borrower’s card to you.  It’s that easy!   Here’s the link:

For more information, call us at 585-335-6720 and welcome to Dansville Public Library!


Dansville-Owned Holds Available

The Dansville Public Library is pleased to announce LOCAL HOLDS ONLY are now available at  Step one:  Check in to your account.  Step two:  Choose DANSVILLE as the  OWWL library.   Step three:   Mark the box “Limit to available items.”

When your holds are placed we will pull them from the shelf and call you with a pick up time.  For help, please call us at 585-335-6720.

In the sample below, I chose WOMEN DETECTIVES as the subject and I selected ALL BOOKS.  It’s essential to choose “Dansville Public Library” and to select “Limit to available items” to save time and frustration.  Pioneer Library System will eventually open this feature to ALL libraries’ materials but only when the progress of reopening in NY Forward is safer to allow the regular interchange of materials from library to library.

Thank you for your patience during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We hope to be open soon and we will keep you informed here.



You can start bringing back the things you have checked out!  Thank you so much for taking good care of them all these many weeks.  Please watch here for announcements about the starting date of modified library services.  We will be VERY GLAD to see you again very soon!

Dansville Library Staff


Remember — You Count!

Less than 50% of us in Livingston County have filed our Census survey!  The Livingston County Complete Count Committee reminds us all:  From hospitals, libraries, and schools to roads, social programs, and highways, your response helps shape our County’s future!  In fact, your response is critical!  The Census determines how many representatives in State and Federal government will speak for us.  Our population numbers  help determine the total State and Federal funding for each of our communities.  Please file your Census TODAY!


Census and News

Greetings from the Staff at Dansville Public Library during the COVID 19 shutdown:

ITEM #1 Please be sure to answer your Census 2020 filing! This is so important for state and federal funding resources. It really matters to YOUR LIBRARY! You can answer online, by telephone, and eventually by paper. Help protect live Census workers by using one of these easy social-distancing response methods! And do your part in Livingston, Steuben and Allegany Counties to achieve our goal of a COMPLETE COUNT this year.

ITEM #2 This could be a good time for you to do Family Research at ANCESTRY.COM — now available FREE from their company on your home computers/devices. Here’s the address:
Enjoy searching for your relatives, in the past and maybe even new relatives still with us!

Thank you for social distancing! We’ll let you know when your favorite library services become available again.

Be healthy. Be safe!
Terry Dearing, Librarian

Small Steps to Re-Opening

Dansville Public Library is now taking appointments for access to the building.  The main doors remain locked, and occupancy is being controlled at a 33% capacity.   Face masks are required and visits are limited to under one hour.

Visitors can browse the collections, and they will be required to use hand sanitizer frequently as they make selections for borrowing.  Time on public access computers can be scheduled, but only two computers are available at this time.  Computers are sanitized after each user leaves the building.

Drive up pick up service will continue for those requiring or choosing to maintain stricter distancing rules.

Services now available are computer access, FAXing and photocopy services, small meeting rooms or one person “at-table” reading is allowed.  Visitors can browse all collections to choose their own materials for check out.  The Children’s collection is also available, but occupancy in that area will be carefully monitored as the space is limited.

Borrowers are asked to place all returns in the Book Drop as quarantining of materials for 72 hours will continue.  Due dates are modified to extend the borrowing period so as to take quarantining into account.  Interlibrary loan throughout the Pioneer Library System is NOT available at this time.  Please, NO DONATIONS at this time.

To continue drive up pick up service, start home delivery or for more information, call the Library at 585-335-6720.

Preparing to Reopen in Progress

“Hello” from all the Staff at Dansville Public Library!

Reopening is certainly a slow process! This week Staffers are preparing to get back to work. Carpets are cleaned & sanitized. We’ll be moving tables, chairs, desks, creating signs, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, getting those new books ready for the shelves!

Watch this page as we will announce HERE when you can return books! Give us a bit longer to start up checkouts! We sure appreciate your patience!

SOON! We promise!!

Sierra Club Invitation

Prior to the arrival of COVID-19, our area Sierra Club scheduled a discussion at Dansville Public Library on climate change, clean energy, and making a difference in YOUR community.  Their presentation will be in a digital format.  To join in the discussion, register for May 12th at 7 p.m. or May 13th at noon.  Click on the link of your choice below.
What: Before the Flood – Film Discussion
When/RegisterMay 12th, 7:00pm
May 13th, 12:00pm
Connect with Sierra Club members and supporters for a film discussion diving into the impacts of climate change, local clean energy solutions, and what we can do to make a difference in your community. The film can be seen for free at and it is also available to stream on Disney+, and for rent on iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Amazon Prime.