Making Connections at My Local Library

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. 

Learn how to access friends and family via the Internet A letter from a Library Director

 We have several volunteers for whom working with us has changed their lives. Volunteering is a way people who are lonely have a chance to connect.  In part because we are a small library, the volunteers enjoy chatting with us as they are shelving books.  They also become friendly with our regular library users who place reserves.  About a year ago, a very solemn woman started to volunteer at our library for a few afternoons a week.  As a disabled woman with a difficult life story, she has come to rely on us for much of her socialization.  She had never touched a computer, but one of our library assistants taught her about email and Facebook.  Now she has reconnected with her sister and nieces!  She is a much happier and more positive person since she has been a volunteer at our library.  Though shy, she is increasingly willing to come ‘out of her shell’ and even smiles now and then.  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


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.