Lancaster Public Library

Lancaster Public Library


Glad to help secure this $750,000 Keystone Grant for Lancaster Public Library to be used for its new downtown location:
When will the mask requirements stop?
In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, the Lancaster Public Library has put together a collection of books, virtual programs, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Black history and culture. 📖

Check out the collection at
Any chance someone has two tickets they're not using for the Erik Larson event at Lancaster Country Day on February 19? As soon as my husband realized he didn't have to work that night, I tried to buy tickets, but they had just sold out.
WITF, in partnership with Midtown Scholar Bookstore, is honored to welcome NYT best-selling author Erik Larson to Lancaster Saturday, February 19 at 7pm.

Join us at Lancaster Country Day School as Smart Talk Host Scott LaMar leads a conversation with Larson about his acclaimed work of history, "The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz."

This event is also presented in partnership with Lancaster Country Day School and Lancaster Public Library.
So many exciting things happening here! We cant wait for Lancaster Public Library relocation to this building, AND new parking for 101NQ, AND our our new leasing signage is up at 101NQ for the furnished single office suites!

#101nq #lancasterpubliclibrary #lancastercity #lancasterpa #lancasterlifestyle #lancastercountypa #commercialrealestate #commercialspaces #newconstruction #forlease
Today as our 3-year-old drove toy cars down an imaginary street, he announced, "Mommy, in this town, the police car finds people who are doing what they shouldn't be doing and takes them to the library so that they can check out books instead."

Thanks for inspiring our youngest generation, Lancaster Public Library.
Listen to some delightful stories and hopefully see some familiar faces with the "Seasons Readings" series! ✨❄️📖

All season long, the City of Lancaster in partnership with the Lancaster Public Library will release videos of Lancastrians reading holiday stories for children of all ages to enjoy!

Thank you to the City staff and community members who took part in this! 😃
Our next Dorothy Height Social Justice Club meeting is next Thursday, December 16th at 6pm on Zoom! This month we are discussing Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance by Moya Bailey. Join us as we discuss black women’s remarkable efforts to disrupt mainstream narratives, subvert negative stereotypes, and reclaim their lives.

We are proud to be partnering with Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. for this month’s discussion! We would like to give a special shout to the Lancaster Public Library for their continued support. We hope to see you there!

For more information visit:
I thank Governor Tom Wolf for listening to me advocate for local projects to receive funding from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Today, Gov. Wolf awarded $2.5 million for the Lancaster Public Library's new home being built in Ewell Plaza; $950,000 to renovate the Lancaster City Police Station; and $1 million for OZFund to redevelop the Rebman’s site into a mixed-use building with affordable housing.

Library Project Details:
OZFund Project Details:
Join us Thursday, December 9th from 2-4pm as we discuss this interesting TED talk at our FREE online TED Circle. To register, visit Thanks to our partner, the Lancaster Public Library.

Have you found yourself staying up late, joylessly binging TV shows and scrolling through the news, or simply navigating your day uninspired and aimless? Chances are you're languishing, says organizational psychologist Adam Grant -- a psychic malaise that has become all too common after many months of the pandemic. He breaks down the key indicators of languishing and presents three ways to escape that "meh" feeling and start finding your flow.
The unsurprising outcome of letting your 3 year old pick the cake tin for his daddy's birthday. Thanks, LPL!

The Lancaster Public Library inspires, empowers, and strengthens our community by connecting people with information, ideas, and enriching experiences.

As one of the oldest public libraries in the country, Lancaster Public Library has been providing library service in Lancaster for over 260 years. Lancaster Public Library has two locations in the county including the main branch at 125 N. Duke Street in the City of Lancaster and the Mountville Branch at 120 College Avenue in Mountville. Our free public library services include:
»Adult, children,

Operating as usual


Both Lancaster Public Library locations are CLOSED today (3/12) due to inclement weather. It's a great day to curl up with an e-book or a streaming movie. Get started at the link below. Stay warm & safe 💙


Not even CHER is STRONG ENOUGH to turn back time this weekend. We’ll “spring forward” one hour when Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday at 2am 😭

We recommend taking a stack of library books to bed and staying there until your body adjusts to the time change 🥱


Mamma Goosie is on the loose-y! Enjoy today's storytime 👒📖😍

Photos from Lancaster Public Library's post 03/09/2022

The next time you visit the Mountville Branch, check out their festive St. Patrick's Day display ☘️💚📗🌈


Psst!! Your #TBR pile doesn’t want us to tell you this, but Lancaster Public Library is open for in-person access to library materials!

Visit us anytime it’s convenient during open hours to browse the collection and check out materials, plus pick up your hold items. While you’re there, take a turn on the public computers, share a story with your little one(s) in the Reading Circle, or read a newspaper while you charge your personal devices at a courtesy charging station.

While in-person visits look a little different than they did in pre-COVID times, our goal remains the same - to provide visitors with information, ideas, and enriching experiences.


Time to spill some tea ☕️🤏👀


Tables and chairs have returned to both Lancaster Public Library locations allowing patrons to linger longer inside our buildings.

In addition, we’re beginning a gradual return to in-person programming this month leading up to a full slate of in-person programs to (hopefully) come in April.

At this time, masks are no longer required inside the library. We encourage all staff members and visitors who wish to continue wearing masks to please do so. We expect all patrons to be respectful of others’ choices regarding mask-wearing.

Thank you 💙


Mamma Goosie Storytime

It's time for Mamma Goosie Storytime!


We were nosing around the basement and found this...err interesting looking object. Ordinarily, we would've gone to Philip to identify this treasure, but he's two days into retirement and we didn't want to bother him (yet!) 😆

So, we're turning to YOU for help. But, there's a catch. We only want to hear WRONG answers 🤪


Photos from Lancaster Public Library's post 03/01/2022

Lancaster Public Library was chosen as a participating organization in Pennsylvania College of Art & Design's 14th Annual Designathon!

Designathon is an annual event held by the college’s American Institute of Graphic Arts Student Chapter (AIGA). The event provides professional-quality design services at no charge to area non-profits and to the community at large.

Last month's 12-hour design marathon resulted in more than three dozen new pieces of branding (websites, brochures, stickers, social media posts, logos, and more!) for six regional nonprofit organizations. Lancaster Public Library requested a logo for the Juliana and Marshall Street Bookstores. The team of four students designed three options, plus a bonus bookmark 🤩

Designathon is a perfect example of smart, strategic creativity and collaboration, and we’re so grateful we were given a chance to take part 💙


After FORTY SEVEN years of service, our favorite reference librarian is hanging up his cardigan. Philip, you’ve done so much for Lancaster Public Library and the community we serve that it’s hard to imagine someone filling your shoes. We will miss your expertise, your delightful anecdotes, and your sense of humor, but most of all we will miss you. Enjoy your retirement but you must promise to drop by the Lancaster City Branch on the days you visit Square One and the Lancaster Sweet Shoppe 😉 Congratulations on your retirement and your wonderful career!


Mamma Goosie Storytime

Welcome to Mamma Puppy....err Goosie Storytime!


Sampras the Super (Cool) Dog might be making a guest appearance during Mamma Goosie Story Time this morning! 😎

View the story time LIVE on Facebook this morning at 10:30 or watch it later when it's more convenient 👒📖😍

Photos from Lancaster Public Library's post 02/23/2022

If you weren’t one of the 500-ish people in the audience to hear Erik Larson in conversation with Smart Talk’s Scott LaMar this past Saturday (or if you were there and want to reminisce), tune in to WITF’s Smart Talk tomorrow (2/24) at 9:30AM for a recording of the interview.


Champion of The Return of the Friends of LPL and the Movie/Book Trivia Night has a nice (ahem) ring to it, don't you think? 👑

Photos from Lancaster Public Library's post 02/22/2022

There’s no problem with your screen and you aren’t seeing double (at least we don’t think you are, but maybe get that checked out if it persists).

Good things come in twos. At least in our collection it does!

Happy Twosday 2️⃣/2️⃣2️⃣/2️⃣2️⃣


Both Lancaster Public Library locations are closed today (2/21) in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday.
You can still use many of the library’s resources even when the buildings are closed when you visit our digital branch - 📱💻🖥


What are you reading this weekend? 📖👀


This book comes highly recommended by the wife of the patron who returned it to the Mountville Branch ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What's the last book you recommended to a friend?


🎶 We don't talk about Bruno no no no 🎶 BUT--we do make memes featuring Bruno’s loved ones to spread the word about LPL’s resources and services!

We offer a wide range of resources and services to our patrons including an extensive collection of materials (both print and online!), skilled research staff, free Wi-Fi, printing services, and so much more.

Every day, we connect patrons with information, ideas, enriching experiences making Lancaster Public Library the place to discover, learn, and grow.


Mamma Goosie Storytime

Mamma Goosie is hoping for snow ❄️

Photos from Lancaster Public Library's post 02/16/2022

Valentine's Day has come and gone but #LibraryLoversMonth is just getting started 💘

And, coming on its heels in mid-March will be The Return of the Friends of LPL and the Movie/Book Trivia Night! We hope you will enter your fellowship into the ring of virtual trivia nights 😜


We’re discussing Kiley Reid’s "Such a Fun Age" at Noveltea Book Club this week. All are invited to brew a cup of tea and join us via Zoom on Thursday, February 17 at 6PM. You will need either a computer with a microphone and webcam or a telephone to connect.

The cup of tea is optional ☕️ Find all the details via the link below:

Photos from Lancaster Public Library's post 02/14/2022

Did you even attend the Winter ReSort Book Sale if you didn’t snap a pic of your #BookHaul? 😂

Thank you to everyone who supported the sale this past weekend. Together, we raised over $15K for Lancaster Public Library 🤯 Thank you for showing us the love 😍

If you missed the sale, you also missed the BIG news about the Friends of the Lancaster Public Library BIG Book Sale. This year’s sale will take place May 23-25 at the former Bon-Ton building at Park City Center 🥳


There are "snow" many deals to be found on HALF PRICE DAY at the Winter ReSort Book Sale ❄️📚

🕓 Open until 4PM
📍225 N. Marshall Street, Lancaster
🅿️ FREE parking
😷 Masks are required
🧾 Cash, check, or charge accepted

It’s half price day at the Winter ReSort Book Sale 🥳 There’s “snow” better deal in town 😉

🕓 Open until 4PM
📍225 N. Marshall Street, Lancaster
🅿️ FREE parking
😷 Masks are required
🧾 Cash, check, or charge accepted

Photos from Lancaster Public Library's post 02/11/2022

The doors to the Winter ReSort Book Sale open this morning at 9AM! If you love books and/or bargains, you do not want to miss this sale 📚😅

📍225 N. Marshall Street, Lancaster
🅿️ FREE parking!
😷 Masks are required
🧾 We accept cash, check, or charge



Mamma Goosie is here and she's celebrating Valentine's Day a few days early ❤️👒📖


From time to time, folks sneak the odd item into the boxes of gently used books, vinyl records, DVDs, and CDs they drop off at the Book ReSort. Our Used Book Operations Team has seen it all - from wrenches & screwdrivers to sewing machines & articles of clothing 🤔 We're grateful for the community's support, but we're even more thankful when folks stick to the list of accepted items 😅

This item was recently "donated" and we want you to guess what it is. BUT! Your guesses should be WRONG answers only 🤪



Asking for a friend 😬


What are you reading this weekend 👀📖


Let the games begin! The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China officially kicked off earlier today with the Opening Ceremony. #Beijing2022 will continue until February 20 with everything from bobsled, to figure skating, to curling, to biathlon, to ski jumping.

If, in the next two weeks, you need a break from the ALL the sports, might we suggest a good read? We’ll even help select the title(s) when you follow the link below and submit a Grab Bag request. We can do winter reads with an Olympic Twist or something as far away from sports as possible 😂 Just tell our well-read staff what you’re looking for and we’ll take care of the rest. With a good book (or two) in hand, you will be ready to get back to the triple corks, double salchows, and single luges.

Marvel's Forgotten Original Spider-Woman Was A Black Librarian 02/04/2022

Marvel's Forgotten Original Spider-Woman Was A Black Librarian

Vanisher & April Fool, you should be ashamed of your shelves! No matter, Valerie the Librarian (aka the OG Spider-Woman) will defend her library against villains like you 🕸

Marvel's Forgotten Original Spider-Woman Was A Black Librarian The first Spider-Woman was Valerie the Librarian


Mamma Goosie Storytime

Welcome to a rainy morning Mamma Goosie Storytime 🌧️

An 8-Year-Old Wrote a Book and Hid It on a Library Shelf. It’s a Hit. 02/02/2022

An 8-Year-Old Wrote a Book and Hid It on a Library Shelf. It’s a Hit.

LOVE this!

An 8-Year-Old Wrote a Book and Hid It on a Library Shelf. It’s a Hit. Dillon Helbig, a second-grader from Idaho, wrote an 81-page book about his “Crismis” adventures. Now other children want to write stories.

Photos from Lancaster Public Library's post 02/02/2022

Visit either branch of the Lancaster Public Library this month and you’ll find books (for all ages!) celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth on display. Follow the link below to preview a digital list of the titles on display. While there, you’ll also find links to Kanopy’s curated collection of narrative and documentary films amplifying Black voices.

Our Story

As one of the oldest public libraries in the country, Lancaster Public Library has been providing library service in Lancaster for over 250 years and has nearly 1,500 visitors a day. Lancaster Public Library has three locations in the county including the main branch at 125 N Duke Street in the City of Lancaster, the Mountville Branch at 120 College Ave, Mountville, and the Leola Branch at 46 Hillcrest Ave, Leola.

Our free public library services include:
»Adult, children’s, and teen books, periodicals, and audiovisuals from a collection of nearly 200,000 individual items;
»Research, business, and historical reference collections;
»Research assistance by skilled professional reference librarians;
»Educational, recreational, and cultural programs and events for children, teens, adults, and seniors in collaboration community organizations;
»Online computer Internet access as well as computer instruction for people of all ages;
»Online access to databases;
»Public meeting rooms for approved community activities;
»Quiet research and training areas;
»Special language collections

In addition to basic library services, Lancaster Public Library offers special and unique information services to specific groups of individuals in the community like the Duke Street Business Center, the World Languages Collection, and the Autism Resource Collection.

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125 N Duke St
Lancaster, PA

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 7pm
Tuesday 9am - 7pm
Wednesday 9am - 7pm
Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 2pm

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