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    Connect with THE FUTURE…

    The public library offers a number of events and resources that prepare youth for their future.


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    Connect with COMMUNITY…

    The public library is the heart of any community. A friendly and safe place where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to learn, meet and better themselves.


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    Connect with ADVENTURE…

    Books, resources and information for your next exciting adventure can be found at your public library!

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    Connect with A JOB…

    Your public library is the place to access online job resources, find and research job openings, write resumes and cover letters, complete online applications and much more.

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    Connect with THE INTERNET…

    You are never far from valuable online content at your local library.  All you need is a library card to use the computers at your local library.

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Stand for Pennsylvanians Day – November 23, 2015

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has been operating for over 138 days without a budget. As a direct result of this impasse, organizations, school districts and counties have been forced to cut services, lay off critical staff, double their caseloads and go to extreme measure to continue operations.

On November 23, 2015, a strong coalition of nonprofit organizations, foundations, United Ways, libraries and school districts will come together to collectively tell their story on Stand for Pennsylvanians Day.

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“She had never touched a computer — now that she learned how to access e-mail and Facebook at the library, she has reconnected with her sister and nieces. Clearly, the library has made a big difference in the life of this woman who has now found a great place to connect!”

~ Library Director of one of the public libraries in Lancaster County

What is Your Library Worth to You?

Spotlight Video


The federal government funds public libraries.

False. Lancaster County’s public libraries raise a substantial portion of their budgets through fundraising efforts Lancaster County’s libraries far exceed the national average.

All libraries have the same hours of operation.

False. Visit the individual library’s page for hours at your local library.

Many public libraries in Lancaster County have a book shop that is open year round.

True. Check with your local public library if they have a library book shop. In fact, the Lancaster Public Library also has an off-site book store at 225 North Marshall Street in Lancaster.

You can use the Library's online research tools such as ProQuest for homework and research papers at home.

True. Visit the website and enter your library card number for access to the websites. http://online.lancasterlibraries.org/

Our libraries seem to have plenty of staff and in some instances appear to have too many.

False. It’s important to keep in mind many of the people you see stacking shelves or assisting in the library are actually volunteers.

I don't know how to set up an email account and the libraries do not offer computer help.

False. Several libraries offer help with email account set up, searching the Internet, and using Windows. Click here for the library overview of services to learn more.

You have to return a book to the same library that you checked it out from.

False. You can return a book to any library in the Library System of Lancaster County.

100% of funding for public libraries comes from the state government?

False. While the state of Pennsylvania does help support your local library, these dollars are prone to cuts and are inconsistent from year to year. For most libraries, these dollars account for a very small portion of their overall budget. Your public library counts on local support and contributions through fundraising to raise the majority of their annual budget.