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Library Director, Oswego Public Library, Oswego, NY


The Oswego Public Library seeks a creative, dynamic and inspiring new Library Director I.

Founded by Gerrit Smith in 1853, the Oswego Public Library was built in the grand style of Norman castles and opened to the public on June 14, 1857. The library underwent a $6 million renovation from 2004-2008 and has continued serving all area residents from the “Castle on the Hill.” The Oswego Public Library is a national historic landmark and has the distinction of being America’s oldest public library still in its original building.

The Oswego Public Library is a member of the 65-library North Country Library System which maximizes sharing, creativity, and innovation. With an annual operating budget of approximately $1.3 million, the library is supported by an active local Friends of the Library group and plays a central role in the community, serving the 33,000 residents of the Oswego school district community. We are seeking a candidate committed to helping grow our community engagement and help develop the library’s next strategic plan.

The Oswego Public Library is located in the heart of the City of Oswego, a city of approximately 18,000, located on the shores of Lake Ontario in north-central New York. Known as “The Port City of Central New York,” Oswego is the county seat of Oswego County and home to the State University of New York at Oswego and Oswego Speedway, a nationally known automobile racing facility.

The community offers year-round outdoor activities from boating, kayaking, fishing and sailing to skiing, snowmobiling and hiking, as well as vibrant arts, music and local theater. It is located in close proximity to the Thousand Islands, Adirondacks and Finger Lakes winery regions.

Salary starts at $65,000 for the full time, 40 hour per week Director I.

Benefits include BlueCross BlueShield Platinum health insurance, New York State Retirement, paid holidays, sick leave and vacation.


Two years, or more, experience supervising employees, working with a Board of Trustees, and being involved across all levels of a community. Finance and grant experience also very desirable.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Eligibility for a NYS public librarian’s professional certificate at time of application. Possession of certificate at time of appointment.

How to apply:

Interested individuals meeting the qualifications should submit the following documents:

1. a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references; and

2. the Application for Examination or Employment, City of Oswego Department of Personnel form.

The link for the application form is:

Please submit all required documents to Interim Director, Edward Elsner, by January 31

[email protected] or

120 E 2nd St, Oswego, NY  13126

Call 315-341-5867 for questions about the position.

Call 315-342-8159 for questions about the Application for Examination or Employment.

Position is available to start in March.

Statement of Non-Discrimination:

The Oswego Public Library grants equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to an individual’s age, sex, color, religion, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, handicapped status, or sexual orientation. The library complies with all federal and state regulations dealing with employment.