Oceanside Library

30 Davison Avenue
Oceanside, NY 11572
Phone: 516-766-2360
Erin McCauley - 516-766-2360 - [email protected]

Oceanside Library


The suggestion to start a library for the Oceanside community was presented by Rev. L. Humphrey Walz at a PTA meeting in March of 1937, and his idea was met with unanimous approval. A year later, on February 22, 1938, the first Oceanside Library was opened as an association library on Poole Street, with the help and generosity of many residents. It began as a donated building on a loaned property, and offered about 2,000 titles. There was one librarian, Marion Sager, who would dedicate over 26 years of service to the library.

It soon became apparent that a larger library was necessary. In 1940, the budget allowed voters to appropriate $5,000 for the construction of a new building. The budget passed, and land was secured on Davison Avenue, which would become the library’s present location. The completed building was formally dedicated on February 22, 1941. On February 22, 1950, on the 12th anniversary of the library, a new addition was opened, keeping pace with the growing community. In 1962, the library increased to 16,000 square feet, and included a mezzanine which doubled as an exhibit area. The dedication took place on June 21, 1962.

In 1997, to meet with space demands and new technology, the library was again expanded, doubling in size. The new building was ADA compliant, offered state-of-the-art equipment and internet access, an expanded Children’s Room, as well as many new community services. It officially opened on September 14, 1997. In 2007, a storage annex was completed adjacent to the garden, and in 2009, the library renovated its lower level to accommodate two additional meeting rooms. Today, our building now offers over 258,000 items and continues to serve the needs of over 25,000 registered cardholders in the Oceanside community.

Oceanside Library is a member of the Long Island Library Resources Council.


Oceanside Community

20th century images relating to the people and places in the Oceanside community.

Oceanside High School Yearbooks

Yearbooks of the graduating classes of the Oceanside High School.

Oceanside Legal Documents

Legal documents pertaining to local businesses in Oceanside from the early 1900s through the 1970s.

Oceanside Library History

20th century images relating to the history of the Oceanside Library.

Oceanside Maps

20th century maps relating to places in the Oceanside community.

Matchbook cover for Roadside Rest, Oceanside, L.I.

A collection of matchbook covers used to advertise restaurants and businesses in Oceanside, NY.

Oceanside Library

Historic postcards of Oceanside, NY

Oceanside's Bicentennial Celebration

Images of Oceanside's Bicentennial Celebration.

Superstorm Sandy Collection

Photographs of the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that made landfall in New York on October 29, 2012.