About the Ridley Township Library & Our Services
Your library card puts you on the fast track to information. In addition to our circulating and reference books, the library provides:
Public access computers and color printers for Internet access and creating your own documents. Our Internet services include several premium Web sites that most home and work computers can’t access. We offer Wireless Internet access on both floors of the library.
Along with books and magazines our circulating collection also includes pre-loaded Kindles, audio CDs, DVDs, Playaways, and Games for X-Box, X-Box 360, Wii, Game Cube and Play Station.
We have a wide range of entertaining and educational programs for patrons ages birth to Seniors. Our children’s programs include story times for infants through Grade 5. Teen programs are designed for youths in grades 6 through 12. Appealing family and adult programs are also available.
A library board of seven members is appointed to three-year terms by the Township Commissioners as provided for in the Library Code of the State of Pennsylvania.
The board determines policies, goals and finances for the library.
The library board generally meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:00pm. Meetings are in the lower level library meeting room.
President: Diane Maginnis
Vice President: Judith Augustine
Treasurer: Bill Shiley
Secretary: Christine Koway
Member: Joan Mitchell
Member: Ann Whitehouse
Member: Susan Bagosy
Commissioner: Elizabeth Cummins
Commissioner: Patricia Hollabaugh
School District Liaison: Christine McMenamin
Overdue fines are calculated per day.
The overdue rates are as follows:
|Children’s books||10 cents|
|Adult books||25 cents|
|Interlibrary loan books||50 cents|
|CD ROMs||20 cents|
Ridley Township Public Library is a member of the Delaware County Library System and complies with the Delaware County Electronic Information Network and Internet Safety Policy..
Friends of the Library
The Friends Group provides a program of volunteer, promotion, and fundraising to assist with Library activities. They help acquire important materials, programs, and equipment beyond the scope of the library’s operating budget. The Friends Group also acts as an important advocate for the library within the community. Learn more…
Put your skills to work for your community by joining the staff of the Ridley Township Public Library. View current openings and instructions on how to apply.
History of the Ridley Township Public Library
The Ridley Township Public Library was originally founded in 1957 by the Women’s Club of Ridley Township. From 1957 to 1960 it operated out of the Woodlyn School. In 1962 it reopened in a small room of the new Municipal Building and was overseen by a Library Board established in 1960.
In 1968 ground was broken for a new library to adjoin the Municipal Building. In April of 1971 the Ridley Township Library Board hired a certified professional librarian, and the new library opened to the public in September. Formal dedication of the Ridley Township Public Library took place on December 21, 1971.
At this time the library was reorganized under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Library Code (P.L.324). The library first participated in State Aid program in 1973. In June 1979 a separate children’s room was opened on the lower level. In 1981, the library became part of the Delaware County Library System.
In recent years, the library expanded its services and programs with emphasis on electronic access. The library has an automated circulation system as well as an online catalog so that patrons may search in the library or at home. Access to several electronic databases is provided by the Delaware County Library System. In addition, patrons can use computers at the library for research, the Internet, and word processing.