Annie Halenbake Ross bequeathed her home to the city of Lock Haven for the purpose of establishing a FREE lending library - one that didn't charge for membership or lending privileges. Ross Library doors opened over Thanksgiving, 1910.
Over the years, Ross Library has expanded its services to include branch libraries in Renovo and Beech Creek, as well as a county collection of materials to be shared among depository locations throughout Clinton County.
The original Ross home at 232 West Main Street, Lock Haven, augmented with a modern addition, continues to serve as the public library in Lock Haven, providing programs, materials, and services to area residents free of charge.
Borrower Requirements . Circulation Periods . Fees & Fines
Borrowers must own a library card in good standing - they're FREE!
Clinton County residents with formal identification can obtain a library card free of charge.
Circulation of all materials, including COMPUTERS, requires a library card.
Replacement cards costs are
- $1.00 first replacement
- $5.00 second replacement
- $10.00 subsquent replacements.
Residents of Centre and Lycoming Counties may apply for free library cards under our reciprocal agreements with libraries in those counties.
All other PA or outlying US residents may be charged a fee for a library card. return to top.
return to top.
|Books & Magazines
|Audiocassettes & CDs
|Films: DVD & VHS
|Print & Audio Items
|Public Computer Access
|Film Maintenance Fees (DVD & VHS)
||.50 / item / day
|Computer & Microfilm Prints
||.25 / page
||.10 / page
The fine rate for three week materials (print and audio) is .10 per day per item.
return to top.
The fine rate for films is $2.00 per day per item. (They're cheap to rent, expensive to be late.)
Ross Library, Lock Haven Renovo Area Library, Renovo Friendship Library, Beech Creek
The Annie Halenbake Ross Library network consists of three libraries in Clinton County, as well as the County Library collection, which is managed and shared through a depository program by the County Librarian.
The Renovo Area Public Library is located about 30 minutes north of Lock Haven.
The Friendship Community Library is located about 20 minutes south-west of Lock Haven.
View Clinton County Libraries in a larger map
Youth Services Coordinator
Childrens Library & Young Adult Assistant
Adult Services Coordinator
Renovo Branch Manager
Friendship Branch Manager
Board of Trustees
|Eric Fletcher, President
|Germaine Weaver, Vice President
Committees: Library/Personnel, Technology, Fund Raising
|Jared Conti, Secretary
Committees: Technology, Building - Chair, Public Relations, Fund Raising
|Eleanor Zimmerman, Treasurer
Committees: Finance, Technology- Chair
Committees: Library/Personnel - CHair, Finance, Building
|Charles T. Barnum, Renovo Representative
Committees: Technology, Building
Committees: Finance, Technology, Public Relations-Chair
Committees: Building, Finance- Chair, Library/Personnel, Fund Raising
Committees: Finance, Building, Fund Raising-Chair
Committees: Library/Personnel, Fund Raising
Devona T. Martin
Committees: Library/Personnel, Public Relations
|Diane Whitaker, Executive Director
Friends of Ross Library
A non-profit, volunteer organization established in 1971 to provide financial and physical volunteer support to the Annie Halenbake Ross Library.
The Friends are committed to the improvement of the Library to benefit all residents of Clinton County. The Friends have a three-part mission:
- Stimulating public interest in and use of the services and resources available through the Ross Library and its affiliates in Beech Creek and Renovo.
- Raising funds to purchase books and materials, provide support services, sponsor programs and speakers, and conduct special projects.
- Serving as an advocate for the Ross Library.
Friends Support the Library
Each year, members of the Friends provide vital support to the Ross Library through their generous monetary contributions and gifts and by volunteering their time and talents to re-shelve books, assist with children's programs, prepare genealogical materials for the Pennsylvania Room, organize adult programs, conduct book groups, and many other tasks as needed.
In recent years, through the generosity of members and donors, the Friends have supported a wide array of projects, programs, and activities at the Library, including:
- The purchase of thousands of new books, books-on-tape, large print books, and other materials for the children's and adult libraries.
- Microfilming local newspapers for genealogy research.
- Providing newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
- upporting summer reading programs for children and teens.
- Volunteer recognition events.
- Purchase of a new copy machine.
- $30,000 renovation of the third floor community room.
- Purchase of microfilm reader/printers.
- Assisting with Pennsylvania Humanities Council adult reading programs.
- Sponsoring children's programs; and providing matching funds to obtain grants.
The Friends depends on its volunteer members to carry out and fulfill its mission to help the Library. Membership in the Friends helps to provide books, materials and services and to make continued improvements to strengthen our Library.
Membership in the Friends brings many rewards, including the knowledge that your monetary gift and volunteered time make a major difference and contribution to our public library. Friends members also receive quarterly newsletters informing them of Friends and library activities.
Friends of the Ross Library Board of Directors
|Carson Keiser, Jr., President
||Holly Eisaman, Vice-President
|Mary Shepard, Secretary
||Ann Allison, Treasurer
||Carmen Banfill, Immediate Past President
|Diane Whitaker, Ross Library Director, Ex Officio
Clinton County Collaborative Board
Clinton County United Way
Downtown Lock Haven, Inc.
Lock Haven University