History of the Library
The Montgomery House Library located in an ordinary ranch style house, first opened its doors in June of 1967 with 3,000 books on its shelves. The community facility was called the Montgomery House Library in honor of the Montgomery sisters, Jane and Margaret, who willed the building to McEwensville in the 1960's.
Much has happened since 1967 and a lot of changes have taken place. The collection has expanded to include DVDs, documentary videos, books on CD, Wii games, and access to POWER Library databases through the library's six public access computers with fast DSL internet connections. During 2011, we had over 44,000 checkouts from our collection of 25,000 items. Plus we had 20,500 visits in 2011. Every day something new is added or changed at the library.
Montgomery House Library is now open 45 hours a week, employs a full-time professional librarian, a full-time cataloger, and 2 part-time staff who serve the needs of nearly 9,500 residents. An active large volunteer organization continues to dedicate time and resources to the library's programs and services. The Friends of the Library contribute to the ongoing success of the library and have a permanent bookstore in the renovated porch area.
We encourage you to stop by and see the new items, as well as shop in the Friends' bookstore.
More HistoryThe Library published a twenty-six page history of the Library which is available for a small donation at the Library. You may read an excerpt from the full color History of Montgomery House ( PDF format).
Montgomery House Public Library is a proud agency of the
Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way.