Steele Memorial Library

Department: Genealogy
101 East ChurchStreet
Elmira, New York 14901
Phone: 607-733-8602
Fax: 607-733-9176

Steele Memorial Library


The Steele Memorial Library is the largest branch of the Chemung County Library District located in Elmira, NY. It is the mission of the Chemung County Library District to provide exceptional public library services and programs to our citizens; fulfilling their individual needs for educational, recreational, and cultural information through contemporary, well-maintained library collections and facilities located throughout Chemung County. The Steele Memorial Library has a vast genealogy and local history collection that includes Elmira newspapers, Federal and state census records on microfilm, local cemetery records, New York State Vital Statistics records on microfiche and much more.

Steele Memorial Library is a member of the South Central Regional Library Council.


Chemung County Atlases

A collection consisting of 2 early atlases of Chemung County (1869,1904) and 2 early atlases of the City of Elmira (1876, 1896). Each image in this collection is a full scale scan of the original items.

Elmira City Directories

Directories for Elmira, New York and surrounding areas in Chemung County, including Elmira Heights.

Eric Lindsay Memorial Postcard Collection

Historical postcards of Chemung County and Elmira, NY.

Floods of Chemung County

This digital collection derived from the Chemung County Historical Society’s archive and the Chemung County Library District’s collection, includes photographs, documents, video, and/or sound recordings about the floods that impacted Chemung County.

High School Yearbooks from Chemung County

This collection consists of High School Yearbooks from the Central library's and Chemung County Historical Society yearbook collection.