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  • Job Opportunity

    Maxwell is hiring for a Permanent Part-Time Circulation Clerk. The hours are:

    Monday9:30–3
    Tuesday3–8
    Thursday3–8
    One Saturday a month9:30–3

    We also have lots of opportunities for fill ins and training!

    More information is available in the job description. If you’re interested, please send your resume and a brief cover letter to maxwell@maxwellmemoriallibrary.org by October 22nd.

  • Broadband Internet

    The New York State Department of Public Service is conducting a study of broadband internet access in New York. One part of their data gathering for the study involves a short survey (takes less than 10 minutes) regarding how people use (or wish they could use) broadband services in the home, at work, and in the community. Along with the survey, you can also run an optional broadband speed test. The URL is https://www.empirestatebroadband.com/

  • Everson Pass

    Maxwell now has a family pass for the Everson Museum of Art available for check-out.

    The pass allows up to 2 adults and 2 children free admission to the museum plus other benefits including the Empire State Reciprocal Museums Program.

    It circulates on the same terms as our [NYS] Empire Passes and [Onondaga County] Explore Outdoors Passes:

    • Goes out for 3 days
    • Needs to be returned directly to the Maxwell circulation desk during open hours
    • Not reservable
  • New York Times

    Library patrons of Onondaga County Public Library System libraries now have access to The New York Times:

    NOVELny and Gale are providing access to the New York Times in their redesigned New York Times Database.

    • The U.S. Edition:
      Full text coverage from 1/1/1985 to the current day. The paper is published 7 days a week.
    • The International Edition:
      Full text coverage from 11/2/2013 to the current day. The paper is published 6 days a week.

    The next time you can’t read a New York Times article on the Web because you don’t have a subscription, check out the Gale New York Times Database, available to all OCPL patrons and to all N.Y. State residents.

  • 2021–2022 Budget

    Maxwell’s Board has released the budget for FY 2021–2022 (begins October 1).


    Image credits:
    Budget time, a mashup of
    Visorlayout by Cndrblw26 (License: Donated to the Public Domain) and
    Casio calculator JS-20WK by Mc681 (License: CC BY-SA 4.0)

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