About Albright Memorial Library


The Scranton Public Library envisions a future in which everyone has free access to a diversity of resources needed to lead productive and fulfilling lives.


The Scranton Public Library strives to enhance the lives of all individuals by offering free access to materials and programs designed to satisfy the informational and recreational needs of our community.


Current officers of the Board of Trustees of the Scranton Public Library are:
President: Ms. Linda Koons
Vice President: Dr. Kenneth Mayers
Treasurer/Secretary: Mr. Joseph X. Garvey

Mailing Address:
Board of Trustees
c/o Scranton Public Library, 500 Vine St,
Scranton PA 18509


Chief Executive Officer: Scott Thomas, 570-348-3013, sthomas@albright.org


The Albright Memorial Library stands on the site of the Albright Family homestead. John J. Albright built the Library as his gift to the people of Scranton. Construction began in June 1891 and was completed in June 1893 at a cost of $125,000. The building is owned by the Scranton Public Library Authority, and operated by the Board of Trustees of the Scranton Public Library.

Book Donations

Due to COVID-19- we are currently not accepting donations at this time. 

Employment Application

Online Application for the Scranton Public Library

Printable Application for the Scranton Public Library

Patron Behavior Policy

Welcome to the Albright Memorial Library

We look forward to providing you with the best library service possible. In return, we ask only that you treat the Library, its contents, the staff, and other patrons with respect. Failure to do so may result in denial of service, suspension of privileges, or expulsion.

Please observe the following rules of behavior:

  • Physical, sexual, and verbal harassment of staff, and/or other library patrons is prohibited.
  • Excessive noise and disruptive behavior is prohibited.
  • Alcohol and/or other drugs may not be brought on the premises.
  • Smoking, including vaping, is not permitted anywhere in the building or on the Library grounds. Other forms of tobacco use are similarly prohibited.
  • Food is not permitted. Beverages in covered containers are permitted in designated areas only.
  • Use of obscene language is prohibited.
  • Young children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Petitioning, soliciting or selling merchandise is prohibited.
  • Garbage bags are not permitted in the Library. Knapsacks, duffel bags, suitcases, etc. left unattended are subject to removal and disposal.
  • Animals other than non-disruptive trained service animals are not permitted.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees,  June 2015

Printable Patron Behavior Policy

Meeting Room Policy and Application

Virtual Meeting Through Zoom

Book a virtual meeting for up to 50 people through the Library’s secure Zoom subscription. Virtual meetings are free of charge for community organizations, nonprofits, governmental entities, and small businesses.

Apply to use our Zoom Virtual Meeting Space for your online meeting. 

In-Person Meeting at the Library

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently not taking in-person room reservations at this time.

Scranton Public Library meeting rooms are available free-of-charge for community organizations and governmental entities engaged in educational, cultural, charitable, civic, religious, or political activities. The library may opt to impose fees for use by businesses and for private events.

  • Use of the Room does not constitute endorsement of viewpoints expressed by the program or participants in the program.  No advertising or announcement implying such endorsement will be permitted.  All advertisements, mailings and postings must include the disclaimer, “This event is not endorsed by or sponsored by the Scranton Public Library.
  •  The Library is a smoke-free environment.  Smoking/vaping is permitted only outside of the gated area.
  • Alcoholic beverages, light refreshments, and catering may be permitted following library-imposed guidelines and all applicable laws.
  • No admission fee for meetings or programs is permitted. Except for private parties, activities must not be closed to any person due to age, sex, race, religion, marital status, political affiliation, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any legally protected category.
  • The Responsible Party is responsible for the actions of each attendee. The Room should be left in the same condition and arrangement as it was found. Any damage resulting from Room usage as a result will result in the Responsible Party being billed for repairs and / or banned from future usages.
  • Meetings of individuals under 18 years of age must have an adult sponsor present and remain present throughout the length of the program.
  • Use of the library’s address as an official address of an organization is prohibited.
  • The Responsible Party and attendees agree to hold the Library harmless from any liability for any damages, claims or incidents that may arise.
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for private property brought onto the premises.
  • Interested parties must submit a Reservation Form no later than 1 month in advance to ensure availability on the desired date and execute a Usage Agreement with the Scranton Public Library.
  • The library reserves the right to cancel an event at any time if the event causes or has the potential to cause disruption to library patrons, interference with library functions, or endangerment of staff or patrons. In addition, the library reserves the right to cancel or prematurely end a program if the responsible parties are found to be in violation of the library’s policies and its Rule of Conduct or if fire and safety regulations are being violated.
  •   Responsible Party may be requested to provide proof of insurance.
  • Any disagreement between the Responsible Party and the Scranton Public Library will be addressed pursuant to the Scranton Public Library’s Library Resource Challenge procedure.


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