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A First in YCL’s History
Three Libraries, One Goal
In April 2019, York County Libraries announced plans to reimagine and transform three libraries: Martin Library, Kreutz Creek Library, and Kaltreider-Benfer Library into state-of-the-art library facilities. The changes would enhance each location’s capacity to grow its services to meet the ever-changing needs of York County’s children, teens, and adults.
Fast-forward to today, two of the building projects are now complete and the third is expected to be finished during the first quarter of 2023. These three projects mark the first simultaneous, multi-location expansion in York County Libraries’ 48-year history. The transformation of these libraries is remarkable.
Campaign Goal Achieved
Our Heartfelt Gratitude
Because of the community’s enthusiastic and generous support of YCL’s Imagine. Discover. Connect. Capital Campaign, the campaign goal of $10 million dollars was achieved! The combination of local contributions, matching grants, and the Financial Assistance of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor, has brought these projects from dream to reality. We are so appreciative of everyone who helped achieve this goal! Thank you!
A Look at the Results
We have recreated and added new space for the community to imagine, discover, and connect! Here are some brief highlights:
Martin Library – $6M Investment
- Exterior restoration, including the library’s iconic arched windows and entrance, improved energy efficiencies and historic preservation
- Additional seating, self-checkout stations, and a centrally located help desk are convenient for library visitors
- Reinvented library space, totaling 63,682 square feet, allows for more creativity and member services
- Secure airport style public restrooms add convenience
- Expanded, heightened, and brightened spaces house digital media labs and a variety of hands-on learning zones
- The larger Teens area features comfortable gathering spaces, state-of-the-art technology, production studios, and both maker and solver spaces
- A new seating area in Children’s provides a comfortable place for caregivers and children to read
- Families can enjoy and explore the outdoor sensory garden
Kreutz Creek Library – $2M Investment
- The library is now located in the renovated 8,800 square foot former Hellam Township building
- The main entrance features two sets of ADA compliant automatic doors and is stroller friendly
- An island-designed Member Services Desk is centrally located for optimal service
- Conference and Study Rooms are equipped for tutoring, book discussions, and studying
- A Community Room offers a bright & friendly meeting space with a nearby entrance for convenient after-hours meetings
- Airport style restrooms and a family restroom have diaper change stations and accommodate wheelchairs and strollers
- Circular computer stations offer six public access computers and three spaces for teens and adults to use their own devices
- Parents and children can sit together at two large computer stations in the children’s area
- The new library has dedicated program space for providing a variety of learning opportunities for children, teens, and adults
Kaltreider-Benfer Library – $2M Investment
- 13,358 square feet of expanded and repurposed space
- Open service areas – heightened visibility, safety, and security
- Dedicated teen space and larger children space
- Additional windows for more natural lighting
Construction at Kaltreider-Benfer Library is well underway. The project is expected to be finished in early 2023. Click here to see the library’s construction progress.
A Little About YCL
Serving Real-life Needs
York County Libraries are agile, innovative institutions serving real-life needs of more than 331,000 annual visitors. Community members come to our libraries to discover and explore our diverse collections that speak to their experiences, ignite their imaginations, and offer wisdom. They seek intriguing learning opportunities led by field experts, local to national authors, and professional library staff. And they come to our libraries to connect with technology, job resources, early literacy programs, reliable databases, and of course, books.
Where We Began
Project Groundbreaking Ceremony
Want to learn about the full scope of the project? YCL hosted an online Groundbreaking Ceremony for the three library projects in March 2021. Click below to watch!