FAQ

Where is the library?
The Osterhout Free Library is located at 71 S. Franklin St. in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The library is right behind Boscov’s and down the street from the YMCA.

When is the library open?
The library is open six days a week: Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-4pm.

How can I get a library card?
Anyone in Luzerne County can get a library card. Just stop by the library and fill out the application form. It’s all pretty basic: name, address, phone number, etc. A parent’s or guardian’s signature is needed for teens under 18. You or your parent will need proof that you live in Luzerne County (an ID card, a piece of mail addressed to you, etc.)  Our library cards even have mini key tag cards to attach to your keys.

How much does it cost to get a library card?
Not a penny. It’s free to get a library card. However, keep track of it, because once you lose your free card, it costs $3 to replace it.

How many items can I check out?
As many as you can carry, but make sure to use some common sense too. There is a fine for each day an item is overdue.

So, what do you guys have?
Let’s see. Books, graphic novels, DVDs, books on CD, magazines, newspapers, music CDs.

OK. Well, do you have the latest Clique novel/Batman/a book about anorexia/optical illusions?
To see if we have a certain book, search the catalog. If you don’t know the exact title or need some help, you can also use the contact form or send an e-mail.

How do you decide what to buy anyway?
Librarians select materials based on several factors: popularity, good reviews in library journals, lack of other materials on that topic, and suggestions from teens.

Can I suggest something for you to buy?
Sure. Use this contact form or send an e-mail.

The library rocks!/The library sucks! What can I do to help?
Join the Teen Library Council. It’s a group of awesome people ages 12-18 who make suggestions for what events to have and what books to buy. They also help with programs and make sure the library is fun and teen-friendly.

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