Montgomery Area Public Library

1 South Main Street
Montgomery, PA 17752



The Montgomery Area Public Library's Mission is to provide information resources and services for the development of lifelong learning for those of all ages, cultures, and economic backgrounds of our community.


The Montgomery Library was initially begun as the result of a motion from the Parent-Teachers Association of Montgomery High School on November 10, 1911, to start a Free Public Library.  It was first housed at the high school itself with a collection of used books from local citizens.  Realizing they needed to raise some funds, a special film was shown on December 8, 1911, at eh Decker Opera House, netting $23.40.

It was a humble beginning.  The board hired the first librarian, Mrs. J. L. Shuler, to work three hours per week that the library was open.  Desiring to add new books, however, would require more funds.  Five devoted women volunteers canvassed the town door to door.  The effort brought in $127.55, which enabled the library to make its first purchase of 110 books.

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