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Lancaster Public Library

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Computers & Technology
  • Education & Literacy
  • Seniors


125 N DUKE STLANCASTER, PA 17602 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

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


LancasterPublic Library

The Lancaster Public Library is a 501 (C)(3) Not-For-Profit agency representing a 14 municipality service area with three branches in the communtiy. It provides public access to a variety of services, programs and information resources to enhance individual knowledge, community enrichment and economic vitality. The Library currently has 75,000 card holders.

The Lancaster Public Library offers the most free services by anyLancasterCountynon-profit. With over 400,000 patron visits recorded in 2011, it offered over 800 programs for children and youth and adults and The Duke Street Business Center assisted 1400 businesses in 2010 .The Library provides over 300,000 books , periodicals, DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks and Kindles as well as materials for children and adults in fourteen world languages. Unique in theAutismResourceCenteropening in 2010. The Center provides a welcoming environment for individuals with Autism, their teachers, families and support specialists. Hundreds of print, audio and video materials as well as computers and Boardmaker software are available.

The Lancaster Library Company was formed and in 1759..
Today, the Lancaster Public Library consists of theDuke Street(main)library with branches in LPL East-Leola Branch and LPL West-Mountville Branch. These sites provide direct library service to approximately 40 per cent ofLancasterCounty's population in fourteen municipalities. It also serves as State designatedLibraryCenter providing interlibrary loan and reference service to its service area.


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by Robert D. (March 19, 2018)
I told the library I was a student at Central Penn College. At first they were okay with it. Then when they moved me to the Marshall st. store, I literally did my two hours of volunteer work on a Saturday. All of a sudden come Monday Morning I received an email from the Supervisor stating I could not volunteer there anymore because I am a student and they want someone to volunteer long term. I find this to be very hypocritical when they have people there that volunteer only once or twice a month, when I was willing to volunteer every weekend. Mind you my volunteer hours for are 50 hours in order to graduate with my Bachelors. I even offered to do 2 hours every Saturday, to me that sounds like long term and dedication. Do not volunteer for the Library if you are a student, I guess they do not want to see people succeed in there careers.

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