Welcome to Maxwell

Maxwell Memorial Library

2020 Strategic Plan

The Board of Trustees is updating the strategic plan for the library. One part of that process is to get input from our patrons about the library and its role in the larger Camillus community.

With that in mind, we’ve posted an online survey form that you can fill out to submit your views and ideas. Please submit your form by Saturday, August 15 so that the Board will have your response in time for its August meeting.

Returned Items Are Now Quarantined for 4 Days

Since recent results on how long the corona virus can remain viable on surfaces indicate that it can sometimes be for 4 days, OCPL has increased the quarantine period for returns to 96 hours (4 days).

We will continue to back date returns to the actual date of return when we check them in after the 4-day quarantine.

We have a blog post with more details.

Maxwell’s Curbside Service

On June 15 Maxwell reopened with Curbside Service.

To check material out, you can place holds in the OCPL catalog or you can call us and ask us to grab something from the shelf.

We are also ready for returns. Any items you want to return (whether you’ve had them since March or only since we reopened) can come back. Because our current protocols call for quarantining returns for 3 days, please put all returns into our outside book drop.

Also, we still can’t accept donated material at this time.

We don’t yet know when we’ll be opening the building to patrons, so programs that have been happening online will continue online. Watch our Facebook page and our events calendar.

We apologize for any continuing inconvenience this causes.

Ancestry Library Edition

During the time we (and all of OCPL) were closed, ProQuest had made it possible for patrons to access the Ancestry Library database from home (normally it’s only available when connecting from a library). They have now told us that free remote access to Ancestry Library will be continuing for all public library cardholders at least through August 2020.

To access the database, go to OCPL’s database page and scroll down the alphabetical list to Ancestry Library.

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).

Our Community Room and two study rooms are available for meetings, tutoring, and other small-group gatherings. We also have two flexible-use meeting spaces for individuals and groups to use.

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.