Jervis Public Library

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The Jervis Public Library Association was incorporated in 1894 by an act of the New York state legislature.  The Association took its name from prominent American civil engineer John Bloomfield Jervis, who bequeathed funds, property, and his personal collection of books and papers for the purpose of founding a library facility for the citizens of his home town, Rome, NY.  Although a downtown site for a new library building was debated, in the end it was decided that the Jervis homestead would make an ideal location for Rome’s public library.  Melvil Dewey, inventor of the famous Dewey Decimal System for classifying books, helped draft Jervis Library’s bylaws.

On July 15, 1895, Jervis Public Library was ready to open its doors. The community was filled with expectation. Gala opening ceremonies were held outside, amidst fine, warm weather. Addresses were given by prominent citizens; a chorus provided musical interludes. The ceremonies inaugurated what would become a major public information center in central New York. Well before the 10:00 a.m. opening the next day, a number of children had arrived to compete in a contest to see who would take out the first book.  Thus began the history of Jervis Public Library.

Jervis will continue to strive to meet the changing needs of its patrons by providing an increasing array of technology-based services beyond the Internet, including word processing for all ages, computer printouts at a nominal fee, a collection of circulating computer software and multimedia titles, and a website through which many of the library’s unique resources may be accessed without the need to visit the library building. The library acknowledges its role in introducing and assisting people with the technology it provides through its professional librarians, who offer periodic computer orientation and Internet training classes, and who assist and guide people in using library computers one-on-one as time permits.

In addition to providing information, research resources, education, and creative use of leisure time, the library sponsors many special services, including adult lectures, author visits & book discussion series, and numerous teen and children’s programs, activities and events. Jervis’ Youth Advisory Committee, a volunteer group of teens, helps the library respond to the needs of its young patrons.


Business Jervis Public Library

613 N Washington St Rome, NY 13440

Phone (315) 336-4570
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