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The public library is the heart of any community. A friendly and safe place where everyone can come together.

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The public libraries hold a special place in almost everyone’s memory—whether from childhood or as an adult. We need your help as each year, funding becomes increasingly difficult. Please help support our libraries today. Please check out how you can help below and get involved.


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We would love to hear from you. Tell us why you love your local library.



Help spread the word

  • Tag yourself at the library, create a library hashtag or share photos of yourself at the library reading or at special library events.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper stating how you enjoy the library and what specifically you enjoy about the library
  • Blog about your library experience
  • Join our library support group, Friends of the Library
  • Volunteer at your local library—Please contact the library nearest you to learn more. 


Click, write or email VIPs

Send a letter, email, or make a call to community VIPs to encourage them to support the libraries. Tell them why the library is important to you and the community.

Advocacy Call to Action –  Let Your Voice Be Heard regarding the State Budget!

  • Local government officials such as the mayor, county commissioners, city council members
  • State government officials such as the governor, state representatives, state senators
  • Business leaders
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Community leaders




Library Service Area MapDownload a list of your local Legislators and Government Officials and their contact information.

Download Library Service Areas map and information.


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.