Originally called the Binghamton Public Library, the Broome County Public Library was created with a gift of $75,000 from Andrew Carnegie in 1904. Shortly after Broome County took over the operation of the library in 1985, the need for a newbuilding was identified. Years of effort came to fruition when a new 72,000 sq. ft. building replaced the old 23,500 sq. ft. structure. Through the work of the Broome Library Foundation, the county and countless individuals and organizations, the new Broome County Public Library building opened on November 5, 2000. Visit online at www.bclibrary.info or call 607-778-3572 for further information.
Bowers Collection at Broome County Historical Society
This extensive glass-plate collection contains the work of Franck Taylor Bowers (1875-1932) a Broome County artist and photographer. Bowers was the son of Lamont Bowers, the financial advisor to John D. Rockefeller, and grew up in a wealthy Victorian environment. The images depict the height of late nineteenth and early twentieth century life at home, on vacation, and with family and friends. Many of the images are local residents used as studies and models for a number of Bowers' paintings, which are located in several important regional and national museums.
The Broome County Historical Society was incorporated in 1919 and continues to pursue its mission to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Broome County. Nearly a century later, the Society continues to play a vital role in preserving the history and heritage of Broome and maintains a collection of over 200,000 items housed in two repositories. Over 140,000 paper and archival items are housed in the Broome County Local History & Genealogy Center at the Broome County Public Library, including over 80,000 images. Since 2000, the Society has been an active partner, along with the Library, the Broome County Historian and the City of Binghamton Historian in bringing over 200 years of history into one facility which is used by over 30,000 researchers each year.
The Broome County Historical Society’s three dimensional collections are maintained at the Roberson Museum & Science Center and are used extensively in exhibits and for educational programs. Roberson Museum and Science Center engages people of all ages and backgrounds by providing regionally significant exhibitions and programs in art, history and science education.
Mission of BCPL
To educate, entertain, and energize the Broome County community.