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The public library, a potentially important player in community economic development, is one of the oldest institutions on Main Street. Libraries are fundamental community institutions founded to meet the information needs of individuals. Today, our economy depends, as never before, on information. To succeed in the information economy, individuals must be skilled in obtaining and analyzing information. This gives libraries, and librarians, new opportunities to contribute to their communities' economic development efforts. Successful community development is fueled by current, appropriate information. And libraries, even in very small towns, have much of that information.

A Brief History

The Tunkhannock Public Library was established in 1890.  It moved into the old Triton Hose House on Marion St. in 1911 with just 338 books.  In the spring of 1999, the Board of Trustees began a Capital Campaign to raise $1,500,000.  Groundbreaking took place in August of 2000 and a new 12,500 square-foot state of the art building opened for business in May of 2001.

The Library has grown over the years to become an important community center that provides free access to information, education, and entertainment for all the residents of Wyoming County.

It has over 30,000 catalogued items including books, books on tape, videos, and CD's.  It has twelve computers for public use, all with Internet access.

It has a Community Room that seats up to 100 and is available to be used by local organizations.

Capital Campaign Project

In May of 1999, the Tunkhannock Public Library began a Capital Campaign to raise $1,500,000 to build a new library.  The campaign was overwhelmingly successful.  In just over a year, enough funds were pledged to begin construction.  

In six months, the building was complete and the new facility opened for business in May of 2001. In the first six months, circulation increased 33% and the Community Room was used by close to 50 non-profit groups. The new library quickly became a real asset to Wyoming County.