Founded in 1729, Manheim Township is the 26th largest municipality in Pennsylvania and the only First Class Township in Lancaster County. At the 2010 census, Manheim Township had a population of 38,113. Until April 2007, Manheim Township was the only large municipality in Lancaster County without a substantial public library, but was served by Lancaster Public Library by way of a ‘branch,’ located in Manheim Township, which moved several times from one leased site to another.
In anticipation of establishing its own Library, the Manheim Township Board of Commissioners appointed an Advisory Board of Directors in March 2007. Directors oversee the affairs of the Library according to policies and procedures established by the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
Effective May 1, 2007, MANHEIM TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY (MTPL) became an independent public library affiliated with the Library System of Lancaster County. The original Directors played an active supportive role in the construction of a new 20,200 SF library which opened on September 13, 2010.
MTPL is located in the Overlook Community Campus at 595 Granite Run Drive (coordinates 40.0783°N, 76.3209°W) and can be accessed from Delp Road, Lititz Pike, and Fruitville Pike.
Data: Approximately 18,000 cardholders, almost 202,000 annual visitors, collection size of about 69,000 items, and an annual circulation of approximately 535,000 items.
MANHEIM TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY — “More than Books”