About Albright Memorial Library


 The Scranton Public Library envisions a future in which everyone, regardless of age, background, circumstances, race, religion, ethnicity, education, orientation, or personal beliefs, has the means, through the library, to access, free-of-charge and without restriction, knowledge, and information needed to meet their aspirations and attain a sense of fulfillment. 


The Scranton Public Library enhances our community by fostering and supporting individual aspirations toward life-long learning, entertainment, and self-fulfillment for all. This is accomplished through free access, wherever it is needed, to a broad collection of resources in currently-used formats, courteous and knowledgeable staff, and activities designed to satisfy the informational, educational, recreational, and personal needs of everyone in our ever-changing and diverse environment.

Values Statements

  • Encourages creative, diverse, and imaginative ideas and actions and facilitates the joy of learning by supplying tools of discovery and investigation;
  • Furnishes welcoming and inclusive physical and virtual spaces for the benefit of all;
  • Creates a supportive employment environment that fosters a professional, caring, dedicated, friendly, creative, and knowledgeable staff;
  • Provides the means to advance literacy, inclusiveness, and social awareness throughout the community thereby fulfilling John J. Albright’s vision of “the elevation of the people of all classes” and, by extension, of all generations, backgrounds, circumstances, races, religions, ethnic groups, orientations, and beliefs;
  • Partners with community agencies, organizations, institutions, and entities for the benefit of the community;
  • Values and respects patron privacy and confidentiality;
  • Supports intellectual freedom by demonstrating neutrality and lack of bias when allocating resources and curating content;
  • Collaborates with other cultural heritage organizations to preserve the history of all cultures in the area now known as Lackawanna County.


Current officers of the Board of Trustees of the Scranton Public Library are:

President: Dr. Kenneth Mayers
Vice President: Ms. Sharon Quinn

Secretary: Ms. Karen Bazzarri
Treasurer: Mr. Joseph X. Garvey

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

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes:

January 2022

February 2022

March 2022

April 2022

May 2022

June 2022

July 2022

August 2022

September 2022

October 2022


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

We happily accept your gently used books.  Donations of small amounts (a bag or two) can be dropped at the circulation desk any time during library hours.

Please call 570-348-3000 ext. 3022 to schedule a drop-off for larger donations.  We can accept larger donations during the following hours:

Mondays 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesdays 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Saturdays 2:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Sundays 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

We do not accept:

  • Textbooks
  • Encyclopedias
  • Magazines
  • Readers Digest Abridged Books
  • Damaged or Moldy Materials

Employment Application

Online Application for the Scranton Public Library

Printable Application for the Scranton Public Library

Visitor Behavior Policy

Welcome to the Scranton Public 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:

  • Any acts or conduct in violation of federal, state, or local laws, ordinances, or regulations.
  • Obstructing access to any part of the library facility or grounds. This includes bringing in personal items (e.g.; knapsacks, duffel bags, etc.) that may be a hazard, take up an excessive amount of space, or impede library use.
  • Sleeping.
  • Possession of weapons except those possessed by on-duty law enforcement personnel.
  • Creating a disturbance that would prevent others from enjoying the library and its resources.
  • Bringing alcohol and/or other drugs onto the premises.
  • Smoking, vaping, and other forms of tobacco use.
  • Consuming food. Beverages in covered containers are permitted in designated areas only.
  • Use of obscene language.
  • Petitioning, soliciting, or selling merchandise or services.
  • Bringing in animals unless they are a service animal as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Bathing, shaving, or washing of clothes.
  • Filming or photographing without permission from library staff.

In addition, we would like to make you aware of the following:

  • Visitors whose bodily hygiene is offensive so as to constitute a nuisance to other persons may be required to leave premises.
  • Personal items left unattended are subject to removal and disposal.
  • Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.

Procedures for Violations:

  • A visitor who fails to rectify behavior after two verbal warnings by a staff member may face expulsion which would be in effect for the remainder of the business day.
  • A visitor who repeatedly violates this policy or violates it in a way that threatens the safety of staff and other visitors may have their access suspended for a period of time determined by the CEO.
  • Visitors whose access has been suspended may appeal to the SPL Board of Trustees.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees,  July 15, 2021

Printable Visitor Behavior Policy

Financial / Non-Profit Information

501C3 Letter

2019 Form 990

2020 Form 990

2021 Form 990

2022 Operating Budget

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