The Nelsonville Public Library

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. -
Tue. -
Wed. -
Thu. -
Fri. -
Sat. -
Sun. Closed

Wireless Internet Available

Public Computers: 17

Meeting Room Capacity: 70

Branch Manager:
Ryan Spellman

Youth Services Coordinator:
Amy King

Children’s Librarian:
Mary Van Doren

Local History Librarian:
Lorinda LeClain

Events at the Nelsonville Public Library

Fun @ 4: Game Day - Street Games October 13 @ 4:00PM For kids
Evening Storytime October 13 @ 6:00PM Storytime
Storytime October 15 @ 10:30AM Storytime
Fun @ 4: Owl Science with Rural Action October 20 @ 4:00PM For kids
Evening Storytime October 20 @ 6:00PM Storytime
Storytime October 22 @ 10:30AM Storytime
Bigfoot: Lore & Legend October 26 @ 6:30PM For adults
Fun @ 4: Make it! - Masks, Hats, Capes October 27 @ 4:00PM For kids
Evening Storytime October 27 @ 6:00PM Storytime
Storytime October 29 @ 10:30AM Storytime
Final Friday for Kids October 30 @ 5:30PM For kids
BioBonanza November 2 @ 4:30PM For kids
Fun @ 4: Paint Like a Master - Mondrian November 3 @ 4:00PM For kids
Evening Storytime November 3 @ 6:00PM Storytime
Storytime November 5 @ 10:30AM Storytime
Fun @ 4: Game Day - Card Games November 10 @ 4:00PM For kids
Evening Storytime November 10 @ 6:00PM Storytime
Storytime November 12 @ 10:30AM Storytime
Fun @ 4: Make it! - Leaf Mandalas November 17 @ 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: