Atglen Public Library holds over 12,000 titles of popular materials for adults, young adults, and children, including books, magazines, and movies. Our public computing center features four Windows-based PCs with internet access. Bring your mobile device to access free WiFi and print directly from your device. We can help you print, 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.
About half of our operating budget comes from state, county, and local government sources. The remaining half of our budget comes from individual donations and fundraising events, including Designer Bag Bingos, Di-Atglen Alley Wizard Faire, and Atglen Community Day. The Atglen Public Library was formed as a non-profit Pennsylvania Corporation in 1945 and received in tax exemption as a 501c3 public charity in 1986. Donations are deductible to the extent allowable by law.
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 by Mrs. Tacie Fawkes to form a library. Council donated $150 annually to the Library from 1946 until 1967, when Council increased the amount to $471 on a per capita basis. The old Borough Hall was destroyed by fire in 1994, and the Library moved to its present location in 1996.