About the Library

About the Library

The James Prendergast Library Association is proud to serve the residents of Jamestown and Chautauqua County in their pursuit of lifelong learning. We provide resources for learning at no cost, including loaning physical and digital reading and multimedia materials, access to technology, and programming for all ages. 

Libraries exist to provide a safe space for all. Everyone is welcome in our library. 

MISSION: Responsibly empowering lifelong learning for the residents of the City of Jamestown.


  • WiFi access and computer lab
  • Printing, faxing, copying
  • Private meeting rooms
  • Library cards, free for state residents
  • Loans of books, DVDs, audiobooks, magazines 
  • Ebooks and audiobooks
  • Children’s Room with books, puzzles, and toys
  • Play-based learning in the Makerspace
  • Children’s programs including storytimes
  • Reference services
  • Reader’s advisory
  • Computer classes
  • Genealogy classes
  • Tech help by appointment

Call the Information Desk at (716) 484-7135 ext. 225 or email us with any questions about library services.


We are located at 509 Cherry Street in Jamestown, NY.

Free parking is available in our lot. 


  • Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 7:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Click here for holiday closings.

Library Funding and Strategic Plan

Visit the links below to learn more about the library’s goals for the future, and how the library is funded.

2020 Annual Report

Annual Budget

Co-central Library Plan

Funding Sources

Strategic Plan 2021-2024

Please contact us with any questions.