The Lansdowne Public Library
55 S. Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne, PA 19050
Phone: (610) 623-0239
Director: Sandra Samuel Giannella
Summer Library Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm, July-Labor Day: 10am-2pm
Sunday: 1pm – 4pm, July-Labor Day: Closed
Are you passionate about libraries and the role the Lansdowne Library plays in the Lansdowne community? The Lansdowne Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking applications from interested Lansdowne residents to serve on the Library Board. The Library Board is a seven member body responsible for determining policy, providing fiscal and physical oversight, and long range planning in order to provide the best possible library service to the Lansdowne community. The Board of Library Trustees of the Lansdowne Public Library meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. In addition, there are occasionally other planning sessions, workshops and attendance at community meetings.
The Lansdowne Library was organized on November 28, 1898 by a group of interested citizens working with members of the Lansdowne School Board. Its formal opening on June 3, 1899 was in a room of the Highland Avenue School located where the Lansdowne Firehouse is now situated. The collection grew from 1,345 books to 3, 190 by October 3, 1905, when it moved into a renovated baker’s shop on the corner of the school’s grounds.
On March 13, 1929, the Borough of Lansdowne assumed all responsibility for maintaining the library, supported by a tax levy of 1/2 mill. Under a contract between the Library Board and Borough Council, the separate levy of 1/2 mill was eliminated in favor of operating the library on an appropriation from the Borough Council determined annually according to the estimated needs. This agreement was reaffirmed on October 20, 1970.
In November 1978, Ordinance #973 was passed by the voters authorizing the Borough to create a library fund up to 3 mills so that “it may continue its current level of support to the Landowne Library.”
The Friends of the Lansdowne Public Library was formed in October 1970 to “encourage, develop and promote community awareness of the services of and opportunities for improvements of the Lansdowne Public Library.”
The Library has been at is present location since June 19, 1982.
In 2008 the Borough installed a new HVAC system in the Lansdowne Library. In 2009 the Borough installed a new Roof on the Lansdowne Library, and in 2010 a new rain garden was installed dressing the front lawn in an environmentally responsible way.