Welcome to Your Jenkintown Library

Set in the historic Jenkins' Town Lyceum Building, Jenkintown Library is a community nonprofit that combines modern amenities, a beautiful historic building, and a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Our friendly staff invites you to take advantage of our wide range of services and programs, our extensive traditional and eLibrary collections, and a welcoming environment where you can relax on your own or meet up with old friends and new.




The Jenkintown Library enriches lives by educating, entertaining, connecting, and creating community.


The Jenkintown Library is the community hub for readers, learners, doers, and dreamers.

Core Values

The Jenkintown Library will accomplish our Mission and Vision by:

  1. Being an inclusive and welcoming place for our community.

  2. Being actively engaged in the life of the community.

  3. Employing a friendly, resourceful, and respectful staff.

  4. Being good stewards of the Jenkintown Library’s financial and material resources.

  5. Ensuring ready, equal, and equitable access to Library materials and resources.

  6. Anticipating and responding to change.

  7. Protecting the confidentiality of Library patron records.

  8. Championing everyone’s right to intellectual freedom.

Historical Info

Organized in 1803 and chartered in 1805, the Jenkintown Library dates back to the days of Thomas Jefferson’s presidency.

A stone marker
A plaque designating that "This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the US Dept. of the Interior"

The Jenkins' Town Lyceum Building, now known as Jenkintown Library was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

alphabet border and lights in children's reading room
staircase to children's room
view of main room, bookshelves and windows