Library History

The Lancaster Community Library has been serving the citizens of Lancaster County for fifty years. The highlights of the Library’s development as a center for learning and activity are listed below.

1961    Community Library opens October 22 in the “little white house” on School Street
1962    Story Hour at the Library, conducted by the Lancaster Junior Women’s Club, begins
1964    Summer Reading Program begins
1968    Books and Coffee Program begins
1972    First Library book sale
1975    New Library Building opens on School Street next to original library structure
             Rappahannock Art League (RAL) begins exhibiting at Library
1979    Coast Guard Auxiliary begins meeting in Library
1981    Recorded books added to Library’s collection
1982    Children’s Room at the Library is enlarged
1985    Library qualifies for State support
1986    First certified librarian, Sally Rohlfing, is hired
1991    Library building is expanded
             Storymobile begins service
1992    Susanna Collins becomes Library Director
1994    Library Lottery begins
1995    Library catalog and circulation are computerized
1996    Library adds full-time Children’s Librarian
1997    First public Internet computer made available at the Library
2000    Library goes on-line
2001    Library opens booth at Irvington Market
2006    Wireless Internet becomes available at the Library
             Babygarten program initiated
2007    Lindsy Gardner becomes Library Director
             Original Library building becomes Storymobile office
2008    Playaways introduced at the Library
2010    Downloadable eBooks & audiobooks made available to patrons
2011    Library's 50th birthday / Storymobile's 20th birthday