Main Library

Children’s Library



232 West Main Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745

Library Hours
Monday 2pm to 8pm
Tuesday 10am to 8pm
Wednesday 9am to 2pm
Thursday 10am to 8pm
Friday 9am to 4pm
Saturday 9am to 4pm
Sunday Closed

The Library is closed on major holidays.

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The Ross Library offers many unique resources specific to Clinton County.

PA Room @ Ross

The Ross Pennsylvania Room houses current and historical materials highlighting topics and authors indigenous to Pennsylvania.  The collection is intended to supplement genealogy resources and includes:

  • Pennsylvania County Histories
  • Pennsylvania Pamphlet File - Pamphlets, booklets, and news articles of interest to Clinton County residents, including major Pennsylvania events.
  • Microfilm Newspapers, including

The Eagle (weekly) - August 1838
The Clintonian (weekly) - 1840
The Clinton Tribue (weekly) - 1849
The American Watchman (weekly) - 1854-1861
Clinton County Democrat (weekly) - 1840 / 1843
The Clinton Democrat (weekly) - 1844-1921
The Logansville Democrate (weekly) - [German language] 1853
The Lock Haven News (weekly) - 1861
The Lock Haven Press (weekly) - 1861
The Clinton Republican (weekly) - 1863-1921
The Enterprise (weekly) - 1873
The Independent (daily) - 1869
Quid Nunc (daily) - 1869
The Daily Journal (daily) - 187-1883
The Renovo Record (weekly, later daily) - 1871
The Weekly Journal - 1879
The Evening Express (daily) - 1882
The County Journal (weekly) - 1886
The Sugar Valley Journal (weekly) - 1884-1917
The Valley Chief
The Mill Hall Times - 1897
The Clinton Dispatch (daily) - 1914-1917
The Lock Haven Express (daily) - 1917-
The Clinton County Times (weekly) - 1895
The Avis Advance (weekly) - 1913


Additional Tools:

Chronicling America Project via the Library of Congress.
Allows free access to newspaper pages from 1860 to 1922 from the following states: Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii,Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah,Virginia, and Washington.

Free Digitized Pennsylvania Newspapers.

Genealogy @ Ross


1940 Census Available Online

April 2 marked the end of a 72-year holding period for the 1940 U.S. Census. Now, you can browse all the Census forms received that year and view interesting facts and statistics. It's great for genealogists or even if you're just curious about the past.

Extensive Digital Genealogy Collection in cataloging!
Details below.

The Ross Library genealogy collection seeks to provide users with vital materials for researching local genealogy questions. 
The collection includes books, primary source materials, and local genealogies.  Materials focus on Clinton, Centre, Lycoming and Clearfield counties, but also include data related to outlying PA areas, as well as the US and abroad.  The collection includes both print and digital media.

  • Books & Primary Print Sources

How to Genealogy Books
Individual Genealogies
DAR, Census Index, Biographical Histories
Cemetery Records
Funeral Home Records
Pennsylvania County Histories

  • Census Lists - 1800 to 1930 for Clinton County and surrounding counties (microfilm)
  • Heritage Quest - online database service - available from home with your Ross Library card
  • Pennsylvania Room Index File

The index file includes over 190,00 cards pointing to marriages, obituaries, and landmark local events as they appear in microfilm copies of local newspapers, genealogies, and scrapbooks.  Some photos have also been recorded, indexed, and filed.

  • Tax Lists (microfilm)
  • Extensive Digital Collection of Standard Source Records (CD-ROM).

Additional Tools:

Bureau of State Library - Pennsylvania - Genealogy and Local History Resources

Lock Haven Express - Obituaries -

Nearby Local Genealogical and Historical Societies - covering Clinton, Centre, Clearfield, and Lycoming Counties
Clinton County Genealogical Society:
Clinton County Historical Society:
Centre County Genealogical Society:
Centre County Historical Society:
Lycoming County Genealogical Society:
Lycoming County Historical Society:
Clearfield County Historical Society:

People for Better Pennsylvania Historical Records Access (PaHR-Access)

Sloan Room @ Ross

Call to request a visit to the local John Sloan collection.  The collection includes both originals and copies of Sloan's work, personal effects, and commemorative memorabilia.  The world-class famous American painter and etcher was a Lock Haven native who visited the area on occasion to participate in university and civic events. Most of the items were bequeathed by his widow, Helen Farr Sloan, an advocate of the Ross Library.

Reference Resources @ Ross Wi-fi enabled!

Web Reference Resources

Animals and Pets

AMVA American Medical Veterinary Association
Provides animal health information and brochures on such topics as pet selection, common diseases, traveling with pets, vaccinations, disaster preparedness, etc.

ASPCA American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Provides pet care information, animal poison control, guide for kids and pets, pet care videos, ASPCA store, and more.

Clinton County SPCA
View available pets, get information about boarding pets, learn how to become a friend or volunteer, get pet emergency information or link to other resources.

The Merck Veterinary Manual
Reference for animal care information offers advanced searching, featuring searches by topic, species, specialty, disease, and keyword.

Articles on cats and dogs, Encylopedias of Canine and Feline Veterinary Medicine, ask a vet online service and a free symptom checker.

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Car and Driver
Provides information, research and review on cars. Extension of the magazine.

Edmunds Automobile Buyer’s Guides
Automobile prices car reviews and ratings.

Kelley Bluebook
Standard source for car prices, reviews and research.

NADA Guides
Automobile prices, specs, pictures, reviews and more.

Fuel Economy Guide
Official U.S. Government source for fuel economy information. Compare cars by gas mileage, fuel cost and more. Includes hybrids, electrical, diesel vehicles and more.

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Biographical Information

Includes videos of featured biographies from the television series Biography, short biographies with links to further information, news and celebrity photos.

Dead or Alive
Tracks whether famous people are still alive or have passed away.

Infoplease – Biography
Provides access to over 30,000+ biographies. Search by name or category.

Who’s Alive and Who’s Dead
Biographical information for celebrities (living & deceased) from all fields.

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Business Resources

Official Business link to the U.S. government.

Center for Business Planning
Business plan templates and links to other business resources.

Clinton County Economic Partnership
Find out about membership in this local business promotion organization. Also Check Industrial/Commercial Development section of this site for facts and demographics on Clinton County, available property, relocation information and more.

Downtown Lock Haven, Inc.
Membership organization that promotes businesses located in downtown Lock Haven. It provides business assistance, links to local resources important in locating a business downtown, and demographics for the Lock Haven area.

Offers marketing tips and business ideas from the magazine. Extension of the magazine.

Franchise Direct
Directory lists franchises for sale.

U.S. NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) Manual
NAICS is the federal government standard for classifying business establishments in order to collect, analyze and publish statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. The manual includes definitions for each industry, background information, and tables.

PA Open for Business
Pennsylvania entrepreneur’s one-stop access to business information resources, financial incentives, forms, publications, online business registration, and more.

Expert business startup advice and to access other resources for entrepreneurs including online business seminars, tools, and templates.

SEDA – Council of Governments
Public development organization that helps counties, communities, companies and individuals in 11 Pennsylvania counties in such fields as transportation, international sales, information technology, and financial packaging.

Small Business Administration (SBA)
Federal government organization provides programs and services to help entrepreneurs succeed in their businesses, including free online training, SBA publications, access to small business laws and regulations, and small business news.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Lock Haven University
Part of a national program that provides training seminars, one-on-one management counseling, loan & grant information and more for entrepreneurs.

Find manufacturers, distributors and service providers. Extension of the Thomas Register.

Ultimate Trade Show Directory
Find trade shows by industry, date, city, state and country. Get location, date and link to the trade show.

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Career / Job Search

Regional Accreditation Resource

Centre Daily Times – Career Builder
Provides job ads from the Centre Daily times and many more jobs listings through Career Builder, a full job search management service.

Commonwealth Workforce Development System – Pennsylvania Career Link
Helps jobseekers and employers link up. Its services for individuals include job finding, getting vocational rehabilitation, resume assistance, researching careers and finding training.

Browse for jobs, create a resume, find job hunt strategy and interview advice, research careers and more.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Official U.S. government handbook. Research specific occupations, including the training and education needed, average earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and working conditions and more.

Pennsylvania CareerLink Get career assistance, search for local job openings, create your resume, apply for jobs online, and more. Get help with defining your career goals, learning valuable skills necessary on any job, and finding employment

Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation
Helps claimants file for unemployment compensation services in Pennsylvania.

The Express – Jobs
Provides the classified jobs ads from The Lock Haven Express, Williamsport Sun Gazette, Lewistown Sentinal, Altoona Mirror, as well as individual local employers. It offers many online tools for conducting and managing your job search.

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Consumer Information

Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Check out a business, file a complaint or to find and get a quote or bid from a BBB accredited business.

Consumer Action Website – Federal Citizen Information Center
Assistance in dealing with consumer problems or complaints. Includes consumer tips, information on how and where to file a complaint, consumer news, sample complaint letters and more.

Do Not Call Registry (national)
Place your home or mobile phone on a national Do Not Call registry and to file complaints against telemarketers.

Federal Consumer Information Center
A one-stop source for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services, covering such topic areas as federal programs, employment, housing, health, and more.

Get Human
Find 800 phone numbers for live business and customer service reps.

LIVE in Pennsylvania – Taxes & Finances – Commonwealth of Pennsylvania site
Links to information on property tax relief, Pennsylvania tax forgiveness, licensed financial institution search, identity theft action plan and more

National Consumer Law Center
Help in getting legal assistance, for brochures and guides on consumer law issues, and for links to other useful legal sites.

Product Recalls
Provides recall information on all types of products.

Wise Giving Alliance – Better Business Bureau (BBB)
check out a charity to see if it meets the BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance Standards for charitable giving, request an evaluation of a charity, check BBB reports on the charity and to make complaints about a charity.

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College profiles, to find scholarships and Internet admissions applications for college programs.

Distance learning
Find online schools, bargain textbooks, teaching online, and more.

Educator’s Reference Desk
Includes resource guides, lesson plans, question archives as well as access to educational materials and ERIC, the Education Resources Information Clearinghouse database.

History Channel
View videos and featured episodes online, find related links, classroom study guides, recommended articles, and more.

Keystone Central School District
Provides calendars; events listings; district, administration and school board information; staff directory, lunch menus, and links to individual school’s websites – The Official Kid’s Portal to the U.S. Government
Links to government and other kid’s sites organized by grade level and by educators. It features Site of the Month and Hot Topics by academic subject.

The Math Forum @ Drexel: People Learning Math Together
Site for students, teachers, parents and others who need easy-to-understand explanations of how to solve math problems and advice on teaching math.

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Educators and interested individuals can check this site for Dept. of Education news and information.

The Science Club – A Non-Profit Educational Corporation
Site for kids, parents and teachers. It includes science fair and other science projects as well as links to fun and international science sites, science suppliers, stores and catalogs, and to K-12 science education resources.

Smithsonian Institution (SI)
Provides access to the SI resources, including over 4 million records with 265,900 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources. Also view Smithsonian Channel videos online.

S.O.S. Mathematics
Math review material for high school, college students and adult learners. You can get homework help and refresh your memory or prepare for a test.

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All Music
Music recordings by categories, such as new releases, artist, pop genres, top composers, countries, and more. Listen to recordings, get review and artist information, purchase recordings.

Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
Movie information and reviews, view trailers, and view movies via subscription. Search for movies now playing, by type, location, genre and more.

Pandora: Internet Radio
Personalized internet radio station that is designed to help you discover new music you'll love mixed in with music you already know.

Rotten Tomatoes
Provides old and new movie reviews, ranked movie lists, celebrity information, current and upcoming box office listings, pictures and movie trailers.

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Genealogy and Local History

Clinton County Historical Society –
Research services, hours and tours.

Clinton County Genealogical Society
Provides information about the society’s research services and other genealogical resources. It offers a guide to the cemeteries, burial places, and locations of human remains; family histories; county histories; veterans listings and more.

Family Search – provided by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Provides free family history, family tree, and genealogy records and resources from around the world, including online birth, marriage, death, census, church and other indexes.

Find a

National Archives for Genealogists / Family Historians
Articles, finding aids, and other helpful information in preparing for genealogical research at the National Archives. National Archives holdings include such records census, military, immigration (Ship Passenger Lists), naturalization records, etc.

PA Department of Education – Bureau of State Library – Genealogy and History
The State Library offers many online resources, including a wide variety of indexes, genealogies, state and county histories, atlases, land warranty maps, ship lists, and compilations of church and cemetery records

Use Rootsweb to share your genealogical research and connect with others who are researching their families.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
Search passenger lists and to learn about the immigrant experience, get free charts and forms, find helpful sites and more.

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General Reference

CIA World Factbook
Provides vital data on 266 countries from a wide variety of US Government agencies and hundreds of published sources. It includes many types of maps as well as flags of the world.

Dictionary of Units of Measurement
Various units of measurement.

Flags of the World
Devoted to the study of flags. It contains more than 86,000 images of flags of countries, organizations, states, territories, districts and cities, past and present.

Guide to Grammar and Writing
Provides grammar and writing help.

Itools: Quick Access to the Best Internet Tools
Provides access to an array of online tools, including search engines, dictionaries, translators, fact and theory finders, currency converters, maps and driving directions, phone number and email address finders, and more.

Presidents of the United States
Provides facts about U. S. presidents’ lives and time in office.

Stain Guide
Stain removal suggestions for all types of stains.

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City of Lock Haven
City information, a listing of city officials, departments and contacts, services, ordinances, meetings, comprehensive plan and more.

Clinton County Government
Provides information about County Departments and services. Comprehensive information on disability policies, programs and services on topics such as applying for benefits, getting health care, finding a job, paying for housing and more.

Find your Legislator Find your legislator, by zip code or by county.

Streamlines finding and printing forms from any Federal agency. A website created to better connect people looking for work and local employers.

Pennsylvania State Government
Everything that has to do with Pennsylvania state government.

Pennsylvania State Senate
Official site of the State Senate includes listings of officers, leadership and members of the Senate; committees; legislative transcripts; map of senate districts; live senate sessions and more.

USA.Gov: Government Made Easy
One-stop-shopping site for the Federal Government. Get services, explore topics, find agencies, contact agencies and officials, etc.

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Health / Medical Health Insurance Marketplace

National Network of Libraries of Medicine Mid Atlantic Region
Information Rx:, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Provides a quick guide to healthy living, personal health tools, health information and news, and a services and information finder.

Kids Health
Reviewed and up-to-date, easy-to-understand information for parents, kids and teens.

Medline Plus - U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Llearn about the latest treatments and clinical trials, look up drugs or supplements, view medical videos or illustrations, get links to the latest medical research on your topic and more.

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library – Home Edition for Patients & Caregivers
Explains disorders, who is likely to get them, their symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment; as well as information about prognosis.

PubMed - U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Comprises more than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Provides timely and credible health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information.

Whole Health MD is dedicated to providing the best in complementary and alternative medicine. Its information is developed by a team of leading board- certified doctors and specialists.

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Hospital & Physician Databases

AMA (American Medical Association) Doctor Finder
Online physician locator. Helps to find a perfect match for your medical needs. Provides basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABM) – Is Your Doctor Certified?
Go to this site to determine the board certification status of a doctor.

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Internet Reference Sites

ipl2: Information You Can Trust
The result of a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII). The goal of ipl2 is to maintain a balanced and broadly representative collection of websites for information, reference and research.

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Law & Government

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Allows you to search attorneys who are admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, and find out an attorney's status or if an attorney has been subjected to public discipline.

LAW.COM Dictionary
Find definitions for legal terms.

Online guide to legal information and legal services in pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Code Online
Searchable online version of the Pennsylvania Code. Use it to check laws in Pennyslvania.

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Local Information

Clinton County United Way

Downtown Lock Haven, Inc.
Find downtown businesses, including shops, restaurants, and service businesses.

Maps & Travel Information

SmarterTravel: Information and Inspiration
The largest online travel resource for unbiased travel news, deals, and timely expert advice.

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National Telephone Directories
A digital directory to businesses, locations, and people that utilizes the Yellow Pages and White Pages.

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Centre Daily Times (State College)

The Express (Lock Haven)

Sun Gazette (Williamsport)
Provides links to thousands of world newspapers online.

Pennsylvania Newspapers –
Will take you to any Pennsylvania newspaper online quickly.

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Personal Finance

Big Charts
Provides current and historical stock quotes and publicly traded company and industry news.
A service of CNN, Fortune and Money, offering many personal finance tools, including a dept reduction planner, a savings calculator, investment news and tips, retirement guides and calculators, real estate news and tips, mortgage aids and more.

FDIC Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Bank information, including FDIC insurance status, historical information, location and branches, Web site address, foreclosure information and more.

HUD.GOV – U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Help with avoiding foreclosure, finding rental assistance, and to learn about reverse mortgages for seniors.

Provides Kiplinger’s stock screener, investments tips and tools, income tax tips, insurance guides, home budget worksheets, retirement savings calculator and more.

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Schools (PA)

Lock Haven University

One of the 12 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

Penn State University
Located in State College, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn Tech)
Affiliate of Penn State and located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Lycoming College
Located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Kestone Central School District

Lock Haven Catholic School

Walnut Street Christian School
Located in Avis, Pennsylvania.

Home Schooling in PA
Home Education and Private Tutoring information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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Social Services Programs

Child Care and Early Education – PA Dept. of Public Welfare
Assists people who are looking for help to pay child care expenses, or who need help figuring out how to care for and educate a young child.

Child Support Program – PA Dept. of Public Welfare
Covers locating non-custodial parents, establishing paternity; establishing support orders; enforcing Support Orders, monitoring & distributing child support payments and laws and legislation and more.

Clinton County Veteran’s Affairs
Check this site for information about the Lock Haven Veterans Affairs office, and members benefits on a county, state and federal level, contact information and other links for veterans.

COMPASS: Access to Health and Human services – PA Dept. of Public Welfare
Online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs, including medical assistance, CHIP, cash assistance, home energy assistance, school meals and more.

Social Security Online – U.S. Social Security Administration
Provides information about and allows you to apply for Social Security/retirement benefits, disability benefits, and a Social Security card and more.

Veterans Benefits Administration, U. S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Answers to frequently asked questions, benefits fact sheets, V.A. forms and more.

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Tax Information & Forms, Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury
Print tax forms and publications, electronically file your tax return, check on your refund, find out about recent tax changes, etc.

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue
Individuals or tax professionals can use this site to print PA tax forms and publications. E-services are available to file a state tax return or report, make a payment, view a filing history, or check a tax refund or property tax/rent rebate claim status.

Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (PICPA)

Money & Life Newsletter webpage is updated quarterly and offers more in-depth information, tips, and advice on every issue topic. Currently, the spotlight is on our their issue.

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CNN Technology Column
News and reviews of the latest technology from

EveryOneOn Information on email, Skype, how to find a job, tutorials on Microsoft products, basic searching techniques, world languages, game and more.


An online and print source for technology innovations and trends in gaming, cars, gadgets, entertainment, politics, and culture.

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Provides maps and driving directions, yellow pages and local information.
Provides online tools and articles for trip planning, including a campground directory with reservations links, a national parks directory, maps, weather conditions information and an outdoor attractions finder.
Provides trip-planning service to recreation sites managed by federal agencies, including parks, lakes, forests and museums. It offers interactive maps, schedules of planned events, reservations service, information on entrance fees and more.

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Circulating Materials @ Ross

Most items circulate for a three week lending period.
Films limited to overnight rental with small fee.
Must have library account with card in good standing to use materials.

Audiobooks - Cassette & CD
Fiction and nonfiction titles. Submit requests for purchase to the circulation desk.

BiFokal Kits
Multi-media kits about nostalgic themes from the past useful for your group or agency.

Fiction and nonfiction titles for adults and children.

Career Corner
Books; Colleges and scholarship materials; Civil Service, GED, SAT, GRE, ASVB test materials.

Public computers with Internet Access are available in both the adult and children’s libraries. Users must have a valid library card to access the computers and must register at the circulation desk. Fee of $0.25 per sheet for printed copies, only black and white prints available.

eBooks and Downloadable Audiobooks
Can be accessed from our homepage. Must have library card in good standing and library code of pl3109 to check out books. eBooks can be read on your computer, smartphone, iPad or tablet, and most eBook readers, including Kindle. Audiobooks will play on computers and most portable devices. Most applications will require some form of software download from the Overdrive website to manipulate the files to play on your devices.

Historic Photo File
Local people, places and events are available on CDV, slide, postcard, picture and indexed in the Local Name Index File.

Large Print Materials
Books available in large print began as a gift from the Rotary of Lock Haven. This service has been continued by the Clinton County Community Foundation, Lock Haven Lioness Group and State Grants.

Movies - DVD
Plenty of choices. Lots of genres. Fifty cents per night to rent. Please return in Media bookdrop - to avoid damage. Two dollars per day late fee.

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