The Nelsonville Public Library

95 W. Washington
Nelsonville, OH 45764-1177

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Phone: (740) 753-2118
Fax: (740) 753-3543

Branch Hours
Library closings
Mon. 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tue. 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wed. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat. 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sun. Closed

Wireless Internet Available

Public Computers: 17

Meeting Room Capacity: 70

Branch Manager:
Laura O'Neil

Youth Services Coordinator:
Amy King

Children's Librarian:
Mary Van Doren

Local History Librarian:
Lorinda LeClain

Events at the Nelsonville Public Library

How to Use Google October 31 @ 11:30AM For adults
Open Technology Help Hours October 31 @ 1:00PM For adults
Final Friday for Kids October 31 @ 5:30PM For kids
Fun @ 4:00: Polymer Clay November 4 @ 4:00PM For kids
Evening Storytime November 4 @ 6:00PM Storytime
Storytime November 6 @ 10:30AM Storytime
How to Use Facebook November 7 @ 11:30AM For adults
Open Technology Help Hours November 7 @ 1:00PM For adults
Savvy Shopping on the Cheap November 10 @ 5:00PM For adults
Fun @ 4:00: Story Club - Read It / Act It November 11 @ 4:00PM For kids

The Nelsonville Public Library has a friendly, knowledgeable staff able to help you find a good book to read, answer a reference question, or to just get to know the area. Nelsonville library is the main branch of the Athens County Public Library system and houses the administrative offices and the cataloging department. The library provides public library services to the city of Nelsonville, Hocking College and the surrounding communities.

The Nelsonville Public Library plays an active role in the community and partners with many local organizations, including the Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, Stuart's Opera House, and Nelsonville-York Schools. The library participates in the annual Parade of the Hills festival. The library also organizes its own programs, including weekly storytimes, summer Book Camp, and a number of adult and young adult programs.


Civic leaders in Nelsonville founded Nelsonville Public Library on July 5, 1935 as a school district library. The books were borrowed from the state; a room was borrowed from Central School; and, a librarian was borrowed through the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Today the Athens County Public Libraries continue as a school-sponsored public library system. Though library funding comes almost entirely from the state, library board members are still appointed by the Nelsonville-York School Board.

The Nelsonville branch has had many homes since 1935, including a storefront in the historic Stuarts Opera House building on the Public Square. When the Opera House burned in 1980, the collection survived but with substantial water damage. The fire necessitated a move to our current building at 95 W. Washington Street.


Besides the normal offerings of books, magazines and newspapers, books, music, DVDs and videos, and public computers with Internet access, the Nelsonville branch offers an extensive Local History/Genealogy Collection (with a local historian on staff), rotating Art in the Library displays, and a Homework Help tutoring program.

Other services include: