Overview of Services

Today, Lancaster Counties Public Libraries are more than just books. Our public libraries are community centers where individuals can connect with information, friends, online resources, career and job assistance, programs for youth and adults, DVDs, eBooks, passport services, homework help, computer training and much more.

Whether you are looking for a small intimate historical setting or a state-of-the-art facility, each library in Lancaster County is unique and has a personality of its own. Connect with your local library and discover the endless possibilities.

Please review the chart below for a quick overview of the services and programs each library in Lancaster County offers.


ADM – Adamstown Area, Adamstown
CHR – Moores Memorial, Christiana
COL – Columbia Public, Columbia
EPH – Ephrata Public, Ephrata
ETN – Elizabethtown Public, Elizabethtown
GAP – Salisbury Township Branch, Gap
INT – Pequea Valley Public, Intercourse
LAN – Lancaster Public, Lancaster
LEO – Lancaster Public East – Leola Branch
– Available (see library for details)
  star Available Online
 LTZ – Lititz Public, Lititz
 MAN – Manheim Community, Manheim
 MJY – Milanof-Schock, Mount Joy
 MTP – Manheim Township Public, Lancaster
 MVL – Lancaster Public West – Mountville Branch
 NHD – Eastern Lancaster County, New Holland
 QVL – Quarryville, Quarryville
 STB – Strasburg-Heisler, Strasburg
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Children’s Programming
Book ClubsTeens
Adult Programming
Teen Programming
Homeschool Programming
Homework Help
Adult Computers
Children’s ComputersiPads
Computer training
Friends of library groupBoard
GenealogyIndiv HelpIndiv Help
Notary Services

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.