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.
- 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
Treasurer/Secretary: Mr. Joseph X. Garvey
Board of Trustees
c/o Scranton Public Library, 500 Vine St,
Scranton PA 18509
Chief Executive Officer: Scott Thomas, 570-348-3013, firstname.lastname@example.org
Branch Manager: Diane Demko 570-558-1670
Library Express was established in 2012 as a branch of Scranton Public Library. It is located at the Steamtown Mall. It serves as both a traditional branch library – loaning books and other library materials to library patrons, and as a bookstore selling new and used books at discounted prices.
We happily accept your gently used books. Larger donations can be dropped off at the Albright Memorial Library Building. Please call 570-348-3000 ext. 3022 to schedule a drop-off.
We do not accept:
- Readers Digest Abridged Books
- Damaged or Moldy Materials
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Patron Behavior Policy
Welcome to the Library Express
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.
- 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