About the Library
The McBride Memorial Library is an independent 501c3 public library serving communities in Columbia and Luzerne counties. The library is funded by state aid, local government contributions, federal and local grantors, the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, the United Way, and a generous community of individual and corporate donors and state. The library’s primary service area includes the municipalities of Berwick Borough, Briar Creek Borough, Briar Creek Township, North Centre Township in Columbia County, and Hollenback Township, Nescopeck Borough, Nescopeck Township, and Salem Township in Luzerne County.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees meets in the Library on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6 pm, unless otherwise noted on library calendar of events. Current officers and other members are listed below. For more information, please see Board Bylaws.
1. George Remensnyder–President
2. David Campbell-Vice President
3. John Arndt–Treasurer
4. Amy Shortlidge–Secretary
5. Cheryl Ande
6. Lesa Angell
7. Paul Chesney
8. Mary Cole
9. Judy Micheletti
10. Rebecca Reimiller
11. Jim Ross
12. Jeff Wozniak
The Berwick Public Library Association was formed on January 16, 1916, and the first Berwick Public Library was opened on July 16, 1916. The library was located at City Hall in the Jackson Mansion on Market Street in Berwick, PA. There were 1,400 books available for circulation, all donated by residents of the community. Miss Jesse Wilson was the first librarian.
A larger full-time facility was built in 1967 at the corner of Second and Chestnut Street, the site of the former Berwick Water Company. The building campaign was spearheaded by the Berwick Lions Club. Earl V. Wise, the founder of Wise Potato Chip, was also instrumental in the establishment of the new library building. The new facility, open 24 hours per week, offered an extended collection of 10,000 books and a larger staff consisting of a librarian, one paid clerk, and many volunteers.
The new library facility which opened in January 2008, holds over 40,000 books, DVDs, and Books on CD for adults, children, and teens. This 21st-century library also provides members access to over 5000 eBooks and eAudiobooks, online databases, a local history and genealogy collection and access to over 1000 print and online periodicals. The facility is open more than 50 hours per week and provides a variety of programs and services for all age groups. The library also provides study rooms, research and meeting room spaces, a computer lab, a cafe and an outdoor garden area.