Main Library
570-748-3321

Children’s Library
570-748-3484

Fax
570-748-1050

Email
ross@rosslibrary.org

Address
232 West Main Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745

Library Hours
Monday 10am to 8pm
Tuesday 10am to 8pm
Wednesday 10am to 6pm
Thursday 10am to 8pm
Friday 10am to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sunday Closed
The Library is closed on major holidays.

Ross Library front picture

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.

Lending Information


Borrower Requirements . Circulation Periods . Fees & Fines

Borrower Requirements
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 and subsequent replacements

Residents of Centre and Lycoming Counties may apply for free library cards under our reciprocal agreements with libraries in those counties.
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Circulation Periods
Books & Magazines 3 Weeks
Audiocassettes & CDs 3 Weeks
DVD Overnight
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Fines & Fees
Print & Audio Items No Charge
Public Computer Access No Charge
Film Maintenance Fees (DVD) .50 / item / day
Computer & Microfilm Prints .25 / page
Photocopies .10 / page

The fine rate for three week materials (print and audio) is .10 per day per item.
The fine rate for films is $2.00 per day per item.  (They're cheap to rent, expensive to be late.)

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Locations


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.


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Staff

Diane Whitaker
Executive Director

Adam Bugaj
Main Desk Circulation

Nancy Antram
Youth Services Coordinator

Joseph Bitner
County Librarian
Rosemary Heffner
Childrens Library & Young Adult Assistant

Tracey Dow
Cataloger & Acquisitions

Susan Confer
Interlibrary Loan

Zach Kreamer
Circulation Assistant

Lou Bernard
Adult Services Coordinator

Brian Billings
Maintenance Superintendent

Barbara Rauch
Renovo Branch Manager

Susan Gibson
Friendship Branch Manager

 

Board of Trustees

Eric Fletcher, President
Committees: All

Germaine Weaver, Vice President
Committees: Library/Personnel, Technology, Fund Raising
Jared Conti, Secretary
Committees: Technology, Building - Chair, Public Relations, Fund Raising
Art Sanders, Treasurer
Committees: Finance - Chair, Personnel, Building, Fundraising
Roberta Doyle
Committees: Library/Personnel - Chair, Finance, Building
Charles T. Barnum, Renovo Representative
Committees: Technology, Building

Julie Brennan,
Committees: Finance, Technology, Public Relations-Chair

Troy Miller
Committees: Finance, Technology, Fund Raising-Chair

Richard Morris
Committees: Finance, Building, Personnel

Devona T. Martin
Committees: Library/Personnel, Public Relations, Fundraising

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.
  • Supporting 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.

 

Membership Information

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
Judith Lantz Wayne Allison
Alice Bryerton Carmen Banfill, Immediate Past President
Laura Gscheidle Leslie Smith
Donna Yost Theresa Stoy
Diane Whitaker, Ross Library Director, Ex Officio

Partners

Clinton County Collaborative Board

Clinton County United Way

Downtown Lock Haven, Inc.

Lock Haven University

Policies

Under construction.