The Library's Mission

The Library builds community and transforms lives by
connecting people, ideas, and opportunities.

 

Vision:

The Library is the community’s trusted partner for growth and connection. Access to information and inspiration fuels a thriving community and individual achievement. 

 

The Library provides quality public library service to the residents of Dauphin County through 8 library locations, a website and a 24 hour automated phone line. The Library is a private, non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. It is governed by a 17-member Board of Trustees, five appointed annually by the Dauphin County Commissioners, and twelve elected for three-year terms.

 

Everyone is welcome here
 

Diversity & Inclusion:

Everyone is welcome here.

We’re committed to:

  • Respecting the uniqueness of each individual
  • Serving with kindness
  • Upholding human dignity
  • Communicating openly and often
  • Promoting access to information
  • Encouraging the exploration of ideas and viewpoints
  • Reflecting our diverse community through services
  • Eliminating barriers
  • Supporting active minds and open hearts


 

Guiding Principles

We're committed to:

  • Upholding the principle of free speech and to opposing the restriction or suppression of ideas, information, or artistic expression;
  • Serving all people, regardless of age, race, religion, gender, physical ability or economic status;
  • Providing free basic services to all and making prudent decisions about those services;
  • Being fully accountable for all funds we receive;
  • Promoting a lifelong love of learning.

 

Capital Area District Logo
The Dauphin County Library System serves as one of 29 District Library Centers designated by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries to take a leadership role in coordinating library services. The Library and its participating public libraries form the Capital Area Library District, a service area with 22 public library facilities and 2 administrative offices in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties.

 

 


 

The Library offers the following services:

 

  • More than 351,234 books, magazines, DVDs, videos and other items available for borrowing through the automated catalog.
  • Knowledgeable staff to answer your questions.
  • Author appearances, storytimes, workshops and other events.


 

The Library's 990 Public Inspection - 2018

The Library's Audit Report for 2017 - 2018

 

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