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Library Facts

Did you know?

  • Last year 1,926,166 visitors used libraries in Lancaster County.
  • Currently, over 224,402 Lancaster County residents have library cards. That is over 43% of Lancaster County residents.
  • Our Public Libraries circulate over 4 million items per year.
  • Nearly 200,000 wireless connections are made at our public libraries each year.
  • The Bookmobile makes regular stops at 50 locations in Lancaster County offering thousands of books, DVDs and audio books, plus it has a wheelchair lift.  Check out the Bookmobile schedule.
  • Libraries offer much more than books!  You may be surprised by the Overview of Services available at your library.
  • For reference help, you can ask questions of a librarian 24/7 via Ask Here PA
  • Free live homework help is available via the online resources section of the library’s website. Some libraries also offer homework help in the library.

More interesting facts about America’s public libraries…

  • There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S. — a total of 16,766 including branches!
  • Americans spend nearly three times as much on candy as they do on public libraries.
  • Americans check out more than eight books a year, on the average.  They spend $35.81 a year for the public library — about the average cost of one hardcover book.
  • Almost 89% of public library outlets now offer wireless Internet access.
  • More than 92% of public libraries provide services for job seekers.

Source: 2012 Quotable Facts About American’s 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.