125 N 7th St
Lebanon, PA 17046

Library Hours effective 7.13.2020

Mon, Wed, Fri 10am – 4pm
Tue, Thu 1-7pm
Sat 10am – 1pm

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Donate via PayPal

Donating via PayPal is easy! Click the donate button, fill in your information, and your donation is on its way! You don’t even need a PayPal account!

New! You may now choose to make a recurring donation simply by using your PayPal account and checking “Make this a monthly donation.”

Borrowing two books and two DVDs each month saves you approximately $42? See how much money you save by using the library with the Library Value Calculator, courtesy of the American Library Association.

Donate in honor or in memory of someone special

Make a donation in honor of someone who has made a difference in your life, or in memory of a loved one. We will purchase a book and plaque it with their name. We’re happy to purchase a mystery book in memory of a mystery lover, or a book on education in honor of a beloved teacher. Make your donation below via Paypal (all credit cards accepted) or download the form and mail it in or drop it off. These books will be on our shelves for years to come and you’ll be making a difference in our community while honoring your loved one.

Or click here to print a donation form.

Join the Buy-A-Book Campaign – Who has inspired you?

What can you do at the Lebanon Community Library? Find great books, apply for a job, attend amazing children’s programs, gain computer skills, research your family history, and so much more! On a busy day, more than 1,200 people visit the library. The library is a busy place, and we’re proud to be the gathering place for so many in our community!


Children reading to Mars Bars the dog

Mars Bars, a K-Pets Therapy Dog, loves having children read to him at the library. Reading to dogs allows children to practice reading skills in a fun and relaxing situation. Mars Bars visits the library with Tim and Jill Hauenstein.


Your support of the Lebanon Community Library is an investment in our community! Every day, the library provides free access to information to complete schoolwork, teach a child to read, engage in lifelong learning, find  employment, and more. Your support produces successful students, an educated workforce, and an informed community!

Please consider making an investment in your library and your community. You may designate your gift for a book, audiobook, or other library materials, or for our general operating fund.

Thank you for your support!

Or click here to print a donation form.

Enhance Municipal Funding

The Lebanon Community Library serves the residents of Cornwall, Lebanon City, Mount Gretna, North Cornwall, North Lebanon, South Lebanon, West Cornwall, and West Lebanon. Don’t live in one of these municipalities? Don’t worry! You are always welcome in our library! However, if you do live in one of these municipalities, we need your help.

We often hear from municipal officials that they love our library, they think we’re doing great things, but their residents are not asking them to support the library financially. That’s where you come in. Please tell your municipal officials that you use the library and would like them to support it.

  1. Don’t know which municipality you live in? Find out here.
  2. Contact your municipal officials. Click here for a complete list of townships, contact information, and meeting times. You can write, call, or attend a meeting.
  3. Ask your neighbors to do the same!

The library relies a great deal on local municipal support and individual donations. Use of the library is increasing, and so are costs, but funding is decreasing. Please help by letting your municipal officials know how much you love the library!

Make A Gift

Your tax-deductible contribution makes a positive impact on your community in many ways. Library service is enhanced, library collections are built, and the library’s technological resources are improved through your generosity.

Leave a Legacy

Leave a lasting legacy in your community by including the library in your estate plans.

Donate New or Gently Used Books

The library welcomes donations of books and related library materials with the understanding that the library determines whether a donation conforms to the standards stated in the Collection Development Policy.  The Director reserves the option to discard, exchange, or sell those items not incorporated into the general collection.  The Library cannot make an appraisal of a gift for tax deduction or any other purpose, and shares no responsibility in the evaluation of the gifts.  The Library cannot accept materials if the condition of acceptance requires permanent exhibition or retention.  Memorial materials will be selected by the Library Director or his/her designee.  The nature of the material will be based upon the needs of the library with consideration given to the interests of the deceased and the wishes of the donor.

The Library cannot accept the following items: textbooks more than five years old, damaged items, musty books, wet books, moldy books, dirty and/or smelly books, or condensed versions (such as Reader’s Digest condensed books), encyclopedias, records, and VHS tapes.

The library has limited space and resources to handle donations, but we agree that these materials should be handled responsibly. If you have books  and other materials that the library cannot accept, please consider these sources to donate or recycle your books, as appropriate.

Volunteer and Donate Your Time & Talent

The Lebanon Community Library depends on the strength and dedication of its volunteers. All of our library volunteers help ensure the excellence of the Library’s service. Last year more than 111 library volunteers gave 8,665 hours of service!

Volunteer service is performed with guidance and support from library staff and may include:

  • Filing
  • Repairing Damaged Books
  • Collating & Stapling Library Pamphlets
  • Creating Artistic In-Library Displays
  • Calling Patrons Who Have Items on Reserve
  • Shelving returned items
  • Shelf-reading (keeping the shelves in order)
  • Cleaning CDs & DVDs
  • Helping at Book Sales: sorting, displaying, selling and/or cleaning up
  • Assisting with Children’s Programs and/or Storytimes

For more information on volunteering, contact Barbara Doughty, Volunteer Coordinator, at 273-7624 or email her at
Please note: Volunteers are accepted for service after review of application and interview by the Volunteer Coordinator, if suitable positions are available. All applications are subject to approval by the Library Director.

New: In accordance with Pennsylvania law and depending upon the tasks a volunteer will perform, those seeking to volunteer will be required to provide a satisfactory PA state criminal background clearance and may also be required to provide a satisfactory PA child abuse background clearance and FBI background clearance. The volunteer will be required to pay for these clearances but will be reimbursed by the library after four months of satisfactory volunteer time at the discretion of the Library Director.

Join The Friends of The Library

The Library has an active Friends of the Library group that provides for many of the library’s needs not covered by the general budget. During the month of May the Friends coordinate a huge used book sale at the Library. The money raised by the Friends has purchased additional shelves, equipment, CDs, and to sponsor all of the library’s summer reading programs for children, teens and adults. If you have time to give and want to show support for the Library, please join the Friends. Membership information can be provided by contacting The Friends of the Library president Douglas Stump. Call the library for more information.

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