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.

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 in 1910 with the book collection of Philip M. Price Library. 

Over the years, Ross Library has expanded  its services throughout Clinton County. In 1912 the first county deposit station opened in Mill Hall. In 1916 a one story wing was added to the Ross home to  include a Children's Room. In 1925 the first appropriation of $1000.00 was provided by the Clinton County Commissioners for coounty extension services. The first County Bookmobile was purchased in 1940 to serve all areas of Clinton County. A new wing was added to the home in 1964 for an adult reading room, offices, enlarged entrance , conversion of the main reading room for the children's library and the old children's room a circulation area.

In 1968 the Renovo Area Library was established as a separate branch of the Ross Library after many years of operation with the Renovo High School Library.  Extensive repairs were made to the Ross Library after the floods of 1936  ( waters rising 4 feet) and 1972 (water rising 3 feet). The Bookmobile was damaged in the 1972 flood and replaced by a County Library delivery van. In 1978 a new 3-story wing was built in Lock Haven with federal funds. Dedicated November 5, 1978.  In 1980 the Friendship Community Library opened in an old church on Main Street in Beech Creek.     

The original Ross home at 232 West Main Street, Lock Haven, augmented with a modern 1970's addition, celebrated 100 years of service in 2010 and continues to serve as the public library in Lock Haven and County Library 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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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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Diane Whitaker
Executive Director

Adam Bugaj
Ross Library Circulation Assistant and Friendship Library Aide

Nancy Antram
Youth Services Coordinator
Joseph Bitner
County Librarian
Melodi (Mel)  Kownacki
Children's Youth Services Assistant

Tracey Dow
Cataloger & Acquisitions

Susan McDermit
Circulation/Interlibrary Loan
Zach Kreamer
Circulation Assistant and Janitor
Lou Bernard
Adult Services Coordinator
Bill Reynolds
Maintenance /Facilities  Manager
Barbara Rauch
Renovo Branch Manager
Barbara Williams
Circulation Assistant


Board of Trustees



           Annie Halenbake Ross Library of Trustees is comprised of 7 members appointed by the City of Lock Haven and 4 by the Clinton County Commissioners.        
           Each position is for a 3 year term  and can be renewed at the end of that term. Each member serves on 3 committees such as Library/Personnel, Finance, Fund
           Raising, Building, Public Relations, and Technology. There are two vacancies for a resident living in the City of Lock Haven. If interested
           they should contact or stop at the main desk at the Annie Halenbake Ross Library in  Lock Haven for an application form.

Eric Fletcher, President
Committees: All
Roberta Doyle, Vice President
Committees:  Library/Personnel, Finance;
Richard Morris
Committees: Fundraising - Chair, Personnel; Finance
Art Sanders, Treasurer
Committees: Finance - Chair, Building; Public Relations
Jared Conti
Committees: Technology; Building; Public Relations
Martha Sykes, Renovo Representative
Committees: Technology, Building; Fundraising
Michael Bruning
Committees: Technology- Chair; Fundraising, Finance
Mary Jane Isenberg, Secretary
Committees: Library/Personnel - Chair, Technology
Committees:Public Relations-Chair, Finance, Personnel
Elsa Winch
Committees: Library/Personnel; Fundraising;Technology

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.

Individual: $15.00
Individual: $125.00
Couple: $200.00

Please make checks payable to Friends of Ross Library Mail to: Friends of Ross Library 232 West Main Street Lock Haven PA 17745

Membership forms for the Friends of Ross Library can be found at the main circulation desk of the Library.

Friends of the Ross Library Board of Directors


Carmen Banfill, President  
Brady Carnahan Ann Allison, Treasurer
Judith Lantz  
Theresa Bartholomew, Secretary Carson Keiser Jr, Immediate Past President
Denice Kramer Diane Whitaker, Ross Library Director, Ex Officio
Donna Yost Roberta Doyle, Library Board Representative


City of Lock Haven

Clinton County Collaborative Board

Clinton County Commissioners

Clinton County Community Foundation

Clinton County Townships and Boros

Clinton County United Way

Commonwealth Libraries

Downtown Lock Haven, Inc.

Lock Haven University

Local Non-Profit Agencies and Organizations

North Central Library District, Williamsport

PA Forward

Service Organizations 

Steve and Pamela Poorman