Getting to know us

The Southeast Steuben County Library opened in 2000 under its current name. It was known formerly as the Corning Area Public Library. From 1930 to the mid-1970s, it was housed in the historic World War Memorial Library building on Pine Street in Corning. In 1975, the Library moved to Nasser Civic Center Plaza. The Library serves the City of Corning and the towns of Erwin, Corning, Caton, Lindley, Hornby and Campbell. The Library is a member of the Southern Tier Library System. For other libraries in the system, click here.

Annual Report to the Community


The Southeast Steuben County Library provides free and open access to collections, electronic resources and innovative services which anticipate, support and respond to the ever-changing informational, cultural and leisure needs of all people within our community.

Vision Statement

Informing, Inspiring, Enriching, Amazing – Creating an environment that fosters lifelong learning and community connections

Board of Trustees

  • Mary Ann Thomas, President
  • Hazel Russell, Vice President
  • Nancy Kirby, Treasurer
  • Mary H. Bacalles, Secretary
  • Pro Bardhan
  • Emily J. Marino
  • Barbara A. McLean
  • Barry W. Nicholson
  • Kate Paterson
  • Louise Richardson
  • Donald Spencer
  • Hatesh R. Radia


Pauline Emery, Director, 936-3713 ext. 205 or [email protected]

Brad Turner, Assistant Director, 936-3713 ext 208 or [email protected]

General Contact Information

To send us Web Mail: Click here

Mailing Address
300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza
Suite 101
Corning, NY 14830

Fax: (607) 936-1714

Phone: (607) 936-3713

For specific people or departments

How to find us

The Southeast Steuben County Library is located at 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza.The plaza is also home to the Social Security Administration, Corning City Hall, Flint Glass Workers Local 1000 Union Hall, and a public ice skating rink.maps

Nasser Civic Center Plaza is situated between Chemung and Pearl streets to the West and East, respectively, and Denison Parkway and Tioga Avenue to the South and North. The Library’s main entrance faces Tioga Avenue, fronted by a city-operated metered parking area.

Access to parking is via Chemung or Pearl streets only. Parking is free after 5 p.m. and on weekends. Parking at the Library is managed by the City of Corning.

Holiday Closings

  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Day
  • for the most up to date information regarding closings, visit our calendar of events here.