Do you enjoy a good book? It is amazing how you can whisk yourself away in a book. Here in York, Pennsylvania, there are a number of great local libraries available to peruse. I thought I would provide a little history on the Martin Memorial Library located at 159 E. Market Street in downtown York.
Martin Memorial Library was named after Milton D. Martin, a well established business owner in York County. At age 22, Milton went into the carriage making business. After only 4 short years, the company grew so much that he had to open a bigger factory. Milton D. Martin passed away and left his estate in a trust to his wife in 1912. After his wife passed away in 1915, their estate provided a $185,000 endowment for the building of a public library. The lot on the southwest corner of East Market Street was purchased in 1920, construction began in 1934 and the library—designed by architect Frederick G. Dempwolf—opened in 1935.
This library has become a city landmark. It currently has three levels of space and the largest collection of books in York County. They offer programs for all ages, events and access to over 70 computers. They were closed in December 2021 for a $6 million investment renovation. I can’t wait to check out the renovations in person once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and the library is fully opened.
Martin Memorial Library is now part of the York County Library System that was established in 1974. The York County Libraries is made up of 13 full service libraries with locations all over York County. They have over 600,000 print and digital items for the community to borrow and use. The York County Libraries is a non profit with ample opportunities for volunteers and donations. You can easily obtain a library card directly online and a hard copy is mailed to your home. With your card, you can access many online features right away. Your local library is a great place to meet people. Currently, there are many virtual programs available for all ages. When you move to a new area, make sure to seek out the local library.
What is your genre of choice… fiction, novel, non-fiction, mystery, romance? There are just so many to choose from.