Friends of the Scranton Public Library

The Scranton Public Library, a literary treasure for over 100 years and headquarters of the Lackawanna County Library System, plays an essential role in our community serving the needs of all citizens, toddlers through elderly. It is among the ten largest public libraries in Pennsylvania and boasts the architectural beauty of the Albright Memorial Library Building.

Goals of the Friends

For years, this non-profit organization has worked hard to accomplish its two main goals:

  • To raise public awareness of the library, its two branches, its services, and its vast array of resources, and
  • To raise funds to help the library with all sorts of special, unmet needs — children’s summer reading programs, the poetry series, operational and physical plant projects.

We work with Chief Executive Officer Scott Thomas and the Library Board to identify areas where our financial support will be of most benefit. We raise our funds through public events, grants, book sales, and the annual membership drive.

Become a Friend

Join us in our effort to ensure the future of the Scranton Public Library  by agreeing to become a member.

Our membership year runs from January 1st through December 31st of each calendar year. If you have not have not yet joined/renewed your membership for 2016, now is the time. We will be mailing membership cards in January and February.

If you would like to become a member, dues are as follows:

  • Senior Citizen/Student: $5.00
  • Individual: $10.00
  • Family: $15.00
  • Business: $30.00
  • Lifetime: $75.00

The cost is minimal, but your membership does so much. In addition to helping the library you receive these benefits for being a member: newsletters; discounts and priorities on all Friends trips and activities; a Friends bookmark.

Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law!

To become a member, please print and return the membership form. Download a Membership Form.

Book Sales

All Book Sales are held outside of Crunch Fitness, located on the second floor of the Marketplace at Steamtown. Members of the Friends of the Scranton Public Library receive a discount during the sale when they show their current membership card.

Upcoming Sales: 

Sidewalk Sale:

Saturday, May 15, 2021
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Located at the Scranton Public Library, 500 Vine Street.


Thank you for your support!

We still accept your books for our sales! Please call the Albright Memorial Library at (570) 348-3000 to arrange for a drop-off. Please, no magazines, textbooks, or encyclopedias.

Get involved!
We need more help at the Book Sales. Can you spare some time? Contact Christina at 570-348-3000 ext. 3001 to volunteer. Any assistance, either at the sale or during set up or clean up, would be greatly appreciated.

We are interested in hearing from you!

Friends of the Scranton Public Library
500 Vine Street
Scranton, PA 18509
Attn: Christina Thomas
(570) 348-3000 ext. 3001

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