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Adams Memorial Library

1112 Ligonier Street
724-539-1972

The Latrobe Public Library was founded September 1, 1927 in the Masonic Building on the first block of Spring Street. Mrs. Eleanor Bye was the first librarian followed by other talented directors including the legendary Sara McComb. Tracy Trotter is our current director, Karen Herc is Children's Director, Aurea Lucas is Branch Manager of Caldwell Memorial Library and Kathy Orndorff-Tauber is Branch Manager of Unity Library.It wasn't long before the growth in the library's popularity called for a new building. The Masonic Building could no longer hold the books and patrons. George Hamilton Adams, a railroad industrialist, developed a plan for the growing library in his hometown. Upon the deaths of Adams and his wife, his estate was to be given to the library with the approval of a tax levy.The library as we know it was completed in the fall of 1954, and currently contains over 100,000 volumes and has topped 300,000 in annual circulation. In recent years we have established the Resource Center where educators and children can find useful tools to make learning more enjoyable. Three branch libraries were added. Unity Library is located in the Route 30 Shop N' Save.

Caldwell Memorial Library is located in the Derry Area High School. Your Neighborhood Bookmobile (MO) has aproximately 50 stops around the area to bring library service close to home. These branches are run through the Adams Memorial Library and offer a variety of educational and recreational materials. The growth of Adams Memorial Library cannot be acknowledged without the help of Robert E. Reed. Upon his passing, Mr. Reed gave the bulk of his estate to the library and two other facilities. The library still uses this money today as a source of funding.Adams Memorial Library is also funded through the State, Westmoreland County, Latrobe and surrounding townships, school districts, and private grants, including generous donations by the McFeely-Rogers Foundation, the McKenna Foundation and Arnold Palmer. Patron donations and memorial books also help the library maintain a collection that appeals to everyone.Adams Memorial Library and its branches serve the populations of the City of Latrobe, Derry Township, Derry Borough, Donegal Township, Donegal Borough, Unity Township, Youngstown, and New Alexandria.



Reviews

Greg Pacienza

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Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
Great place to spend a rainy day. Nice people

Heidi Kuhn

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
We LOVE this library and it's staff. It is a beautiful building. Located in the center of Latrobe with very friendly and helpful staff. There is a huge variety of dvds and books to choose from with a nice large children's room on the lower level. Toys and books to occupy you and your children for a fun afternoon. Wi-Fi and computers with internet access too. Also you can sign up for the Palmer Summer Reading Program which is fun and educational in the summer. Our kids love the goals they set for themselves. We also sign up for the programs through the library too. Fun and educational assemblies from Stage Right!, Carnegie Science Center, Puppet Works, and Magic shows...something for everyone with a message! Definitely stop in and at this library you don't have to be quiet!!!

Michael Dunlap

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Saturday, June 6, 2015
I like the selection of books at this library! There is a large variety of both adult and children books! Once in a while, the staff can be a little bit rude, but this is definitely my first library!

Kimberly Kline

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Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

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