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.


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, 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»Research, business, and historical reference collections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
»Public computers with Internet access, as well as computer instruction for adults
»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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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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