is a cooperative public library system serving the forty-two public libraries in Ontario, Wyoming, Wayne and Livingston counties.


Good public libraries are important to everyone. Library Systems provide a broader range of materials and services than any single community library could otherwise afford.


Our fleet of vans is on the road 6 days a week to shuttle library materials to users across our 2500 square mile region.

Training and Continuing Education

We provide learning opportunities in trustee education, advocacy, management, planning, early literacy and more, to assist member libraries in meeting the unique and constantly changing needs of the people they serve.

Grants and Scholarships

The Pioneer Library System offers a variety of grants and scholarships to its member libraries, their staff, and boards on an annual basis. In 2016:

  • Play Space Grants were awarded to 27 libraries to support the creation of library play spaces. Play is essential to early learning and libraries came up with excited ideas to integrate toys and other creative elements into their programming and services.

  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Seed Money – We awarded over $12,700 to 23 libraries as seed money to launch 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading programs. Libraries will use the money to purchase reading incentives, print reading logs, create publicity for the program, and offer family literacy programming to their community. Research has shown that being read to at home is a reliable predictor of school success and we are thrilled to help libraries promote the important role they play in early literacy education.

  • Digitization Grant – The Local History Interest Group (LHIG), comprised of member library staff people from across the system, worked together to develop a list of microfilmed newspapers that should be prioritized for digitization. The group identified a list of pre-1923 issues of local newspapers that had been microfilmed but not already scanned elsewhere. Pioneer Library System will fund the digitization project decided by LHIG. In addition to digitizing the film, the vendor will create a searchable, web accessible database of the pages scanned.

  • CE Scholarships awarded to 23 library staff to attend conferences such as the New York Library Association Conference, Association for Rural and Small Libraries, Computers in Libraries, and the Youth Services Section Spring Conference.

Library Technology

We oversee system-wide technical support, training, and resource sharing.

Technology is evolving at an incredible rate and we’re here to help libraries adapt, adopt, and optimize their digital resources through on-site support and training.

The Library Technology staff provides centralized cataloging, coordinated technology purchasing, on-site library tech support, training to member library staff, and management of the shared integrated library system (ILS) and online OWWL catalog.

We are currently working on increasing bandwidth in all of our member libraries to meet the connection needs of their communities.

Mobile Maker Kits

The Mobile Maker Kits are available for member libraries to borrow and use in their library programs. These kits allow our libraries to provide a temporary “Maker Space” with engaging programs without the burden of space restrictions or high investments. Kits include 3D Printer, Jewelry Making Tools, GoPro Camera, Needle Felting Kit, Robotics kits and more.

Library Consulting

We understand there is no one-size-fits all solution to any library challenge. That is why we approach every situation on an individualized basis.

PLS is available to offer library staff support through project assistance, continuing education, technology aid, outreach, and general library development. Our services are flexible and adaptable to any library challenge.

Our staff is available to consult with library directors and trustees on diverse matters pertaining to library development and sustainability including:

  • Policies

  • Community Analysis

  • Personnel and Management

  • Strategic Planning

Trustee Development

We recognize that trustees play a crucial role in the ongoing success of our member libraries. PLS develops & offers both on-site trustee training for individual member library boards and system-wide trustee development workshops throughout the year—to help member library boards make the best decisions for the libraries and communities.

A full overview of our service program and additional information about Pioneer Library System is available online at: and