The Peters Township Public Library is located in McMurray, Washington County, in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania. The library was founded in 1957 by the Women’s Club of Peters Township and originally located in a section of the Peters Township High School. In 1961, the library moved to the basement of the School Administration building. In 1965, the library moved to the new Peters Township Municipal Building, where it occupied the entire second floor. In 1966, sponsorship was officially transferred to Peters Township.
The library moved in 1976 to a 7,000 sq. ft. renovated Township maintenance building, and constructed an addition in 1985 to increase the total size to 11,000 sq. ft. A fully automated catalog and circulation system was introduced in 1993. Due to tremendous growth in the Township and a corresponding greater demand for library materials and services, planning for a new library began in 1997.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 4, 1998 for a 23,000 sq. ft. two-story facility. The new library opened its doors to the public on February 16, 1999. In 2000, the library received national recognition from the Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR), which ranked the library fourth in the nation among public libraries serving populations of 10,000 – 24,999.
In 2008, construction was completed on a 4,800 sq. ft. expansion which added a Teen Room, a Family Activity Center, a Local History Room, a Conference Room, and expanded shelving capacity on both levels of the library.
Today, the Peters Township Public Library is open 7 days a week from September – May, and 6 days a week from the end of May to the beginning of September. The library is closed on Sundays during the summer months. The library contains over 136,000 items including books, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, books on CD, eReaders, Playaways, Teaching Company “Great Courses” CDs and DVDs, circulating video games for Wii and Xbox consoles, Bi-Folkal “Memory” kits, interactive books for children, LeapPad Electronic Platforms and books, and much more. Services include free public computers, online databases, e-audiobooks, wireless Internet access, a self check-out machine, homebound delivery of items, meeting rooms, book clubs for all ages, a free weekly e-newsletter, library blogs for teens and adults, and more. A multitude of programs for patrons of all ages are offered throughout the year.
Founding of the Peters Township Library by the Women’s Club of Peters Township.
Holdings: 2,500 volumes. Circulation: 1,950. Open: 6 hours per week.
Library moves to the Peters Township School Administration Building
First township tax money given to the library.
Library Board of seven members appointed by the Women’s Club.
Peters Township Library moves to the PT Municipal Building
Transfer of library sponsorship from Women’s Club to Peters Township.
Holdings: 16,704 volumes. Circulation: 55,938. Open 26 hours per week.
Friends of the Peters Township Library organized.
The new library opens — 7,000 square feet. $30,000 raised by township residents for library furniture and equipment.
Peters Township Library becomes a part of the Washington County Library System as of July 1982.
Groundbreaking for an addition financed by a Library Services and Construction Act, Title II Grant of $97,125 along with matching funds from the township, $10,000 from the Friends of the Library, and $50,000 contributed by township residents.
Holdings: 50,000 volumes, 1,200 records, 500 video tapes, 155 puppets and 300 audio cassettes. Also available: many magazines and newspapers, a microfilm reader, a coin-operated copy machine, typewriters, computers, large-print books, cameras, interlibrary loan service, over 600 educational and recreational programs, and the opportunity to donate books in memory or honor of friends and family. Full and part-time employees: 10. Circulation: 187,022. Open: 67 hours per week.
First phase of library computerization initiated. Computer center officially opens.
Peters Township Library becomes a member of the Access Pennsylvania CD ROM database.
Installation of computer terminals to begin library automation.
April 5, 1993, library automation completed. Patrons now access collection via a computer terminal and the online public access catalog.
Holdings: 70,845 volumes. Four databases available for public use: Business Newsbank, Access Pennsylvania, Magazine Article Summaries (MAS) and Social Issues Resources (SIRS). Circulation: 279,450. Programs: 720.
Addition of two Internet terminals, as well as a PC in the children’s room loaded with “World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia.”
Library receives national recognition by receiving a high ranking in the Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR). Among public libraries in the United States serving populations of 10,000 – 24,999, the Peters Township Public Library receives fourth place.
Holdings: 96,188. Circulation: 307,193. Programs: 834.
Holdings: 117,590. Circulation: 394,127. Programs: 939.
April 13, 2008: Dedication Ceremony for library addition. The 4,800 sq. ft. expansion added a Teen Room, a Family Activity Center, a Local History Room, a Conference Room, and expanded shelving capacity on both levels of the library.
June 6, 2013 Establishment of Washington and Greene Greater Information Network (WAGGIN).
Installed the MakerSpace. Featured equipment includes three 3-D printers, a sewing machine, an embroidery machine, a digital cutter, a Dremel tool, and 3-D pens.
Peters Township Public Library celebrates Sixtieth Anniversary on October 22.