George F. Johnson Memorial Library is located in Endicott, a few miles west of Binghamton in New York's Southern Tier. Open since 1915, "GFJ" has previously operated under the names "Endicott Free Library" and "Ideal Home Library." It is noted for pioneering mobile service with one of the first bookmobiles (horse-drawn) in the northeast U.S. in 1916. The library is named after the local industrialist, philanthropist, and shoe magnate known for his benevolence and many contributions to the community; and sits on the site of his former home. Library collections of note include newspapers dating to 1856, photographs, George F. Johnson memorabilia, and Union-Endicott High School yearbooks.
Endicott-area Photographs & Postcards
This newspaper collection includes many papers that enjoyed short runs, some originating in the old village of Union that merged with Endicott in 1906. The major title is the Endicott Bulletin, which enjoyed a run from 1914 until its 1960 merger with the Binghamton paper.
Endicott-Johnson Publications - soon to be published - will include the Endicott-Johnson Workers Review, a c.1918-1925 magazine puclished by the Endicott-Johnson Corporation, along with numerous other E-J pamphlets.
To provide materials in varied formats, information from technological and traditional sources, and services from trained and qualified employees for library users of all ages for their recreations, educational and lifelong learning needs. As we work to accomplish this mission we vow to strive to uphold the rights of all people of all ages under the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and the guidelines of the library Bill of Rights adopted by the American Library Association Council of January 23, 1980.
George F. Johnson Memorial Library
History of GFJ
George F. Johnson is a member of the Four County Library System; other members include the Broome County Public Library (Binghamton), Johnson City, Vestal, Norwich, Oneonta, Sidney, and the other public libraries in Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties.