Welcome to Maxwell

Maxwell Memorial Library

Browsing and computer appointments are back!

Maxwell's building viewed from the southeast

Maxwell is again able to offer patrons the ability to come into the library to browse the collection or to use the computers.

The structure is the same as it was in the fall:

  • You will need an appointment. Call us at 315-672-3661 to set one up.
  • Appointments are for 45 minutes, beginning on the hour
  • Everyone in your group aged 2 and above will have to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose

The statistic that the Board and Director are watching in deciding whether to remain open is Onondaga County’s 14 day rolling average for the proportion of Covid tests coming back positive. Barring other monkey wrenches, we plan to offer physical access to the library as long as that number stays below 4%. This is the same criterion that the Syracuse libraries and many other suburban libraries are using in making their decisions about reopening and remaining open.

You can follow that number at https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-county-dashboard

Tax time


The IRS has alerted us that there was an error in the printed instructions for form 1040/1040-SR. The error concerns which line numbers to copy from in using IRA Deduction Worksheet-Schedule 1, Line 19 (page 92 in the printed, January 6, 2021 version of the instruction book).

The current electronic version of the instruction book (February 9, 2021) has corrected the error, and Maxwell has paper copies of IRS Notice 1451 giving the correct instructions for those working from the paper instructions.

We currently have the following forms and instructions:

  • Federal:
    • 1040
    • 1040-SR
    • Schedules 1, 2, 3, and LP
  • State:
    • IT-201
    • IT-201-V
    • IT-2
    • IT-195
    • IT-196
    • IT-213
    • IT-215
    • IT-216
    • IT-227
    • IT-558
    • IT-1099-R

You can also request other tax forms, and we can print them out, but normal printing charges (25¢ per printed side) apply. Send an email to printing@maxwellmemoriallibrary.org telling us the precise form numbers for the forms you need. Legal liability issues prevent us from guessing which form is wanted in cases of ambiguity.

What Maxwell Offers

Maxwell Memorial Library serves the Town of Camillus on the western side of Onondaga County. Founded in 1918, Maxwell is housed on the corner of Genesee and Leroy streets in the village of Camillus. Our building was built circa-1868 and was formerly a church . We offer a wide variety of contemporary materials, programs and services, including:

  • An in-depth collection of best-selling books in print, audio and digital formats
  • Popular DVDs and streaming movies
  • Children’s materials, computers, story times, and creative activities
  • Free public computer and wi-fi access
  • Print periodicals
  • Extensive research materials online and in print
  • Informative, educational and entertaining programs for adults, teens and children

The library offers opportunities to become involved with book clubs, preschool and toddler story times, volunteer service, and an active Friends group that supports the library through regular fundraising events. Maxwell also has an excellent summer reading program for babies through teens, with the ever-popular Wild Wednesday family nights. Nearly all activities, programs, and services are free (some programs have a fee to cover supplies).

Maxwell Library’s “digital branch” offers patrons downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, movies and music. On site, you can use computers and tablets, check out ereaders and Chromebooks to take home, and make appointments with tech-savvy staff to help you use your electronic devices.

Mischievous Memories

Mischievous Memories is the transcript of a series of 14 hour-long interviews Lee Goetcheus conducted with Tino Martin between September 2012 and May 2014. It’s both an oral history of the West Hill area of Camillus and a memoir by a talented storyteller.

The book can be borrowed from Maxwell’s Local History collection, but we also have a number of copies for sale at $10 each.

Image from: Sweet, Homer D.L. Sweet’s new atlas of Onondaga Co., New York. New York: Walker Bros. & Co., 1874.
License: Public Domain