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Today library funding is not sufficient enough to allow our public libraries to keep up with the ever-changing needs of our community (for more information, click here to learn more about the Reality of Funding). To keep our doors open without cutting hours, resources or staff, we need your help. Please click on your library below and consider donating. Every donation no matter the size will make a difference.

On behalf of the Lancaster County’s Public Libraries, we thank you in advance for your generosity.


Book Sales at Lancaster Public Libraries
The public libraries in Lancaster County hold book sales throughout the year, so your donations help to increase their sale inventory. Please be sure to donate items that are in good condition that is a condition that you would consider buying. Please check with your local library to find out their procedures for collecting these donations.

Find out more about Book Sales and donations at Lancaster Public Libraries:


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.

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.