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, from toddlers to the 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, and operational and physical plant projects.

We work with Chief Executive Officer Scott Thomas and the Library Board of Trustees to identify areas where our financial support will benefit most. We raise 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 1 through December 31 of each calendar year.

If you would like to become a member, the 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

Most Book Sales are held outside of Crunch Fitness, located on the second floor of the Marketplace at Steamtown. Occasionally we have Sidewalk Sales in front of the Albright Memorial Library on Vine Street. Members of the Friends of the Scranton Public Library receive a discount during sales when they show their current membership card.

Upcoming Sales 

Sidewalk Sale:

Saturday, July 16, 2022. The rain date will be July 23.

Albright Memorial Library

500 Vine Street, Scranton, PA 18509

Sale Hours

10 AM – 3:30 PM

This sale’s proceeds will benefit the Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library Renovation Project. 

Book Donations

We accept your books for our sales. Please call the Albright Memorial Library at (570) 348-3000 to arrange for a drop-off. Small donations, a bag or two, can be dropped off at the Circulation desk during library hours. Please, no magazines, textbooks, or encyclopedias.

Get involved!

We need more help with the Book Sales. Can you spare some time? Contact Pat Bisignani at pbisignani@aol.com to volunteer. Any assistance at the sale, 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: Scott Thomas

(570) 348-3000 ext. 5000

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