About

About YCL

Where your Story Begins…

York County Libraries is comprised of 13 full-service libraries, two pick-up/drop-off locations, and a Neighborhood library in York City’s Salem Square Neighborhood. We have locations all over York County, from Dillsburg to Stewartstown, Hanover to Hellam, and we are proud to be active, present forces in the communities that surround our buildings.

We strive to strengthen the York County community, and enrich individual lives by supplying information, providing recreation, promoting literacy, and encouraging life-long learning. We offer programming for children, teens, adults, and seniors, and provide over 600,000 print and digital items for loan and use. Accessing and using our materials is easy- all you need is a library card, available at any of the full-service libraries (including Salem Square), and accepted at all locations throughout York County.

 

History

The York County Library System was created in 1974 “to provide public library service to the residents and taxpayers of the county.” YCLS was established as an independent, private non-profit corporation with an appointed board of seven directors. At that time, system membership consisted of all the county’s existing libraries, namely, Dillsburg Area Public Library, Glen Rock Library, Hanover Public Library, Kaltreider Memorial Library, Martin Memorial Library, Mason-Dixon Public Library, New Freedom Library Center, Spring Gove Library, and York Haven Public Library.

In the late 70’s and early 80’s, the System created new libraries in areas of the county previously unserved. These included Collinsville Community Library, Dover Area Library, Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, and Village Library. By 1987 the original member libraries and the small branch libraries together, comprised the system of libraries known today, as York County Libraries.

 


Mission, Vision, & Core Values

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Because libraries transform expectations. 

Our Mission and Vision Statements show our commitment to the individuals and communities of York County. We collect and organize materials and information, produce enlightening and entertaining programs, and provide comfortable, safe, and attractive meeting places in support of these communities and people. All are welcome and respected at our libraries. We are here to answer questions and support dreams.

Our Mission

The mission of the York County Libraries is to strengthen the York County community and to enrich individual lives by supplying information, providing recreation, promoting literacy, encouraging life-long learning, and serving as the hub of their communities.

Vision Statement

The York County Libraries are widely recognized at the information utility in York County. As ardent defenders of the First Amendment, we provide personal and friendly information services for everyone and are so widely used by the people of our community that it is simply perceived as common sense to do so. Highly entrepreneurial and customer focused, we leverage our current positive position to support our countywide growth strategy.

We are truly a countywide system with countywide resource for specialty programs. Through our planning and coordination, promotional effort and staff, and cross-promotion of each other’s services, we are able to provide a wide range of comprehensive services to all of the people of York County.

We offer services and programs that are truly outstanding and provide them in a safe environment. These services begin with infants and preschool children, within whom we nurture a love of reading, and continue through adulthood. Children often come to know us through our story times and summer reading programs. Some continue on to our after-school program, which provides food as well as supervised education assistance, homework help and schools support. Young adults are drawn into our libraries by our programs focused on them and their interests.

While continuously promoting literacy, we provide all customers with consumer information, hobby information, home-school support, community service information, a reader’s advisory service, career and job information and information on how to find answers for living and knowledge for life. Additionally, we conduct a wide range of education programs, reading clubs, book discussion groups and serve as a warehouse for local data and local history. We have a complete Spanish library with Spanish-speaking staff. We also exhibit artwork in our libraries and use the proceeds from its sale to support our work.

We are the leading providers of technology skills in our service area, selling our technology services to other non-profit organizations, business and libraries. We provide a complete range of business information. Local businesses and not-for-profits turn to us for their research, database, and video and teleconferencing needs.

We provide all of our customers with superior service, delivering information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We deliver information however our customer wat it (by phone, fax, electronically, in person, as raw data or finished research). Providing different levels of service for those who want to buy it, we have the right selection of the right things for the right people. We even take our services, with trained support staff, to our customers. These services are available to all members of our communities regardless of their disabilities.

Operationally excellent, we creatively use technology to deliver our services and partner with other organization that share our mission. Our technology is linked and consistent and all library collections are in our automated system. Back office and support services are centralized and streamlined, enabling us to focus more resources on our customers’ expectations.

With a highly effective advocacy effort, we passionately promote libraries and their importance to our community and educate the public about library funding. Since our users vocally and enthusiastically support our work, government officials know what we do and financially support our efforts. Through this support and our outreach to the business community, we have created a superior and sustainable funding stream.

As a result of our customer focus and operational excellence, our expertise is so well recognized that the market readily rewards us for it. Therefore, we are able to generate a surplus on many of our services and use these dollars to support our community initiatives and services. 

 

Education Partnerships

Education Partnerships
Because we are invested in all aspects of our communities.

York County Libraries cares about Education and Educators 

York County Libraries has developed a unique connection to many educational facilities and groups in our local community as well as regionally. The libraries and their staff members are concerned about offering our expertise in ways that can benefit members of our local area. We want to share how individuals can grow by connecting to their library. 

We partner with tall 16 school districts in York County to provide library cards to all first-grade students through our GOAL (Grade One At the Library) program.  PeoplesBank generously supports this initiative annually so that students get incentives and can meet an author, and teachers can promote reading to their students in a fun way. We also partner with the schools to connect children with the summer reading program that encourages kids to stay involved with learning so they do not lose skills over the summer.

Our libraries participate in a statewide program offered by the Pennsylvania Library Association called PA Forward.  This program is designed to help libraries bring programs to their members based on five literacy areas that everyone needs to be successful- Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, and Health and Financial literacy. These programs are free and engage local presenters as well as regional partners in providing programs to people in the library.

Many of our libraries work with their local schools to provide author visits to students and every library offers building tours to school groups so that students can come to the library and see what is available to them. These tours cover both physical materials available to them through the library collections, as well as the digital and electronic resources that they can access with their library card, via our website.

Martin Library has gone a step further and set up long term partnerships with the School District of the City of York.  For thirty years, library staff have provided support to the school libraries in all the district’s buildings. We make sure students and teachers have access to materials both in the school library and through Martin via interlibrary loan.  In addition, we provide behavior specialists to the district in each building to support children who need help with their social, emotional and academic development. This program is entering its fourth year in the schools. Martin also provides an after-school program to the district.  This serves students in grades K-8.  This program serves 85-120 students per school building during the school year. Tutoring, enrichment programs, a snack and dinner are all part of this essential program in the district.

Martin Library also partners with York Academy Regional Charter School to provide a certified school librarian and an aide for the school. The students can borrow directly from Martin via our automated system, SPARK, or access the collection of items held at the school. Both the City Schools and York Academy participate in on-site summer reading programs for students in their buildings.

Some of our libraries also have very successful partnerships with local child care facilities. Staff go to the centers to provide story time and Martin has contractual partnerships with the YWCA and Crispus Attucks to provide trainings for staff and parents as well as story programs and other added value components.

 

Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships

Because we are invested in all aspects of our communities.

York County Libraries and the Community   

In addition to our Community and Education Partnerships, York County Libraries has established strong ties to businesses within our communities. We understand the distinct importance of small, local businesses while also recognizing the role that larger, corporate organizations can play in a community.

York County Libraries is always looking for innovative and unique ways to partner with businesses to continue to serve the people in York County. One of our unique partnerships is with Memorial Hospital in York and Heart of Lancaster Hospital in Lititz. Our professional librarians offer service to the staff in these hospitals, as well as the patients. Special research for doctors and nurses helps them better respond to patients’ health needs and can be done at any time, using our electronic resources. Our relationship with Memorial Hospital spans over 10 years and has been deeply ingrained in the service to the staff and patients in the hospital setting.

In addition to the hospitals, the libraries across York County have partnered with Wellspan for the last 10 years for the healthy summer program, GO (Get Outdoors) York. This walking initiative offers parents, caregivers and children the option to visit 30 parks across the county through the summer program and find rubbing posts by following mapping directions. This program, in conjunction with the summer library program, brings healthy activity and reading to kids for the entire summer.

 Individual York County libraries have also established partnerships between themselves and the businesses in their immediate communities. Check in with your local library for more information about what kinds of business partnerships exist in your community!

 

Business Partnerships

Careers

Because we are invested in all aspects of our communities.

York County Libraries and Businesses

In addition to our Community and Education Partnerships, York County Libraries has established strong ties to businesses within our communities. We understand the distinct importance of small, local businesses while also recognizing the role that larger, corporate organizations can play in a community.

York County Libraries is always looking for innovative and unique ways to partner with businesses to continue to serve the people in York County. One of our unique partnerships is with Memorial Hospital in York and Heart of Lancaster Hospital in Lititz. Our professional librarians offer service to the staff in these hospitals, as well as the patients. Special research for doctors and nurses helps them better respond to patients’ health needs and can be done at any time, using our electronic resources. Our relationship with Memorial Hospital spans over 10 years and has been deeply ingrained in the service to the staff and patients in the hospital setting.

In addition to the hospitals, the libraries across York County have partnered with Wellspan for the last 10 years for the healthy summer program, GO (Get Outdoors) York. This walking initiative offers parents, caregivers and children the option to visit 30 parks across the county through the summer program and find rubbing posts by following mapping directions. This program, in conjunction with the summer library program, brings healthy activity and reading to kids for the entire summer.

Individual York County libraries have also established partnerships between themselves and the businesses in their immediate communities. Check in with your local library for more information about what kinds of business partnerships exist in your community!