Book, DVD checkout
Public Computer & Internet access
Children, Teen, and Adult Programming
B&W Printing & Copying ........................ $.25/Per Page
Color Printing & Copying ........................ $.50/Per Page
Scanning & Faxing ................................ $1.00/Per Page
Memorial Books .................................... $25-35 Per Item
Meeting Space Reservations ............... $15 for 2 Hours
Ford City Borough Resident*.. Free
Senior Citizen........................ $10/Annually
3 Month Membership............ $10
Digital Student Membership.. Free
1 Month Digital Membership.. Free
* A Ford City Borough Resident is defined as a person residing within the boundaries of the Ford City Borough. You may check to see if you qualify as such by looking at the borough boundaries here or by checking that you pay your water bill to Ford City.
The Ford City Public Library plays an important part in the history of our community. Opened in 1945, the library has been serving the Ford City area for over 75 years and has adapted its services to meet the ever changing needs of the community.
Today, the mission of the Ford City Public Library is to provide materials, programs, and services, all with a focus on engaging and enriching our community. Our Library exists as a place for everyone to have the opportunity to learn, share, and create.
Meet Our Staff
Andrea is a Ford City native and earned her MLIS from Clarion University in 2018. She enjoys the dealing with the operations of the library, helping out with technical services, and serving the community.
Program and Volunteer Coordinator
Katie is a former music teacher who also holds a Masters Degree in Literacy and Reading Specialist Certification. She enjoys leading Preschool Storytime and incorporating music and movement. Katie is also a history lover, so please come to her with any history or genealogy related questions!
Meet Our Board
Chuck Kienzle: President
Kiara Brown: Vice President
Barb Meleason: Treasurer and Secretary
We are currently accepting applications for new members for our Board of Trustees.
We currently have no available positions.
Reporting and Planning
Ford City Public Library is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. As such, our financial information is accessible to the public. Our overall budget is small, but we are proud to show all of the amazing work our library and our staff are able to do with little funding.
We are a state-aided public library, which means we receive some state funding as a result of adhering to a variety of state library guidelines, including but not limited to operating hours, holiday closures, and collection expenditures. We also receive tax funds through Ford City Borough. Ford City Borough is currently the only municipality that helps financially support our library. In return for supporting the library through their property taxes, Ford City Borough residents are eligible for a library membership at no additional charge. All other patrons may obtain a library membership for a charge of $25/year (discounted to $10/year for seniors and veterans) per household.
Beyond these funding sources, approximately 50% of our overall budget is funded by donations. We are so thankful to our committed community members for consistently helping support our local library.
Support Our Library
Ford City Public Library humbly accepts monetary donations.
Checks can be made out to Ford City Public Library and mailed to us at 1136 4th Ave, Ford City, PA 16226. Or, please feel free to donate through Square or Paypal below.
Dedicate an item in our collection or make a monetary donation in memory of a loved one. Submit your request online through Square, or a complete paper copy and return it to us along with your donation by mail or in-person. Any book or DVD is $25, with the exception of large print books at $35.
Acknowledgement cards will be sent to the family members if donors wish to include their information.
All memorial donations are published bi-monthly in the Leader Times.
Click the button above to view donations which have recently been made in memory or in honor of our beloved community members. Please note, the database is a work in progress - we will be continuing to add and clean up our records over the next few months.
Planned Giving: Leaving Your Library Legacy
Anyone can continue their lifetime interest in the Ford City Public Library by participating in planned giving, providing free and open access to education and opportunity for generations to come.
Planned gifts come in many forms, all of which can benefit the library.
Planning giving differs from a donation as the library receives proceeds at a future date, the gift may be part of an estate or financial plan, and it may offer immediate tax advantages for the donor. Ways to leave your library legacy:
- Leave a gift for the library in your will (charitable bequest)
- Leave the library part of your estate's property (residuary bequest)
- Leave a percentage of the estate to the library (percentage bequest)
- Leave an endowment to the library (restricted bequest)
- Designate the library as beneficiary of your life insurance
- Designate the library as beneficiary of your retirement plan
For more information about planned giving and creating your library legacy, contact our Library Director, reach out to Armstrong County Community Foundation, or discuss best options with your estate attorney or other financial planner.
Used Book Sales
Our Hallway Bookstore is always open! Hardcovers are $2, paperbacks are $0.50, children's books are $0.25, and DVDs, video games, board games, and puzzles are $1. Watch our site and Facebook page for seasonal and pop-up Fill-a-Bag sales!
You may also support the library by donating your time! Please fill out the volunteer application below and return it to us, and our volunteer coordinator will reach out to you.