Resources

Atglen Public Library holds over 12,000 titles of a growing collection of popular books for adults, young adults, and children; movies and TV shows on Blu-ray and DVD; and magazines. Our public computing center has four Windows-based PCs with internet access and B&W and color printing. Bring your mobile device to access free WiFi and print directly from your device. We can also help you copy, fax, and scan your documents.

Our membership in the Chester County Library System gives you access to over a million titles, and you can pick them all up here in Atglen. You can download e-materials from Overdrive and RB Digital any time of day, and your library card can access CCLS databases in the library and in your home. Let us help you find the information you need.

Funding

The Atglen Public Library was formed as a non-profit Pennsylvania Corporation in 1945 and received its tax exemption as a 501(c)3 public charity in 1986. About half of our operating budget comes from state, county, and local government sources and from fines and fees we collect for our services. The remaining half of our budget comes from individual donations and fundraising events, including Designer Bag Bingo, Di-Atglen Alley Wizard Faire, and Atglen Community Day. All donations are tax-deductible.

History

There is some evidence of a book-sharing club in Atglen as early as 1885, formed by Rev. Algernon Marcellus of Penningtonville Presbyterian Church, and a “circulating library” founded by Mrs. Carleton Young about 1916, where members purchased a book each year and lent their books to each other every two weeks. A public meeting was held in April 1945 to form a public library. Atglen Borough Council agreed to locate the new library in the southwest corner of the Borough Hall and presented the Library with $2500, the amount accumulated on $1500 left in the will of Mrs. Tacie Fawkes, the housekeeper of Thomas Whitson, to form a library. The Library moved to its present location in 1996.