About

Parkland Community Library is administrated by a Library Director and governed by a Board of Directors. The three municipalities served by the Library- North Whitehall Township, South Whitehall Township, and Upper Macungie Township- and the Parkland School District together appoint nine members to the Board of Directors.

On February 1, 2019, the Parkland Community Library Board of Directors went before the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners and received approval to explore expanding their current location. While the population of Parkland School District has grown to 55,000 community members, the library has remained the same size since 1981. PCL Executive Director Debbie Jack said, “It’s time to expand, so we can continue to serve the community at the high level it expects and deserves.” The major work of the renovation was completed by April 2021. The redesign and renovation contained five key elements. The first was to change the current space’s overall layout for housing books that were in storage. The second was to dedicate additional and improved space for library programs. The third element was expanding our children’s wing, and reconfiguring the layout of the former Community Room. The fourth was to add more parking and design a welcoming exterior. Lastly, Parkland Community Library will increase customer service efficiency by introducing the first public library self-checkout systems in the Lehigh Valley.

Read more about the Expansion Project in our blog.

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Mission

The library connects people to each other and the world, serving as the cornerstone of our community by providing access to information, technology, and cultural enrichment for a lifetime of learning and enjoyment.

Vision

Parkland is a thriving community where all residents are empowered to connect, discover, and grow.

2019-2022 Strategic Plan

Our History

Parkland Community Library started in 1973 as a grassroots effort and was housed in a converted building in Guthsville, South Whitehall Township. By February 1974, 6 months after the first library building opened, the library owned 2,699 items and was open 12 hours a week to serve the 25,419 residents of South Whitehall, North Whitehall, and Upper Macungie Townships. By the end of that year, there were 659 registered borrowers who had borrowed 4,373 items. In 1981, the library moved to a new building of 5,000 square feet. By June 1982, one year after the current Parkland Library building opened, the collection had grown to 21,060 items, and the library had expanded its hours of operation to 46 hours a week. 8,321 registered library users borrowed 112,762 items that year. The library’s service area included a population of 32,185. The library steadily outgrew the 1981 building as the community expanded, and as the population increased its use of the library. The 2010 U.S. Census recorded a population of 54,976 people for Parkland. The area continues to grow. The library currently has a collection of over 70,000 items including books, periodicals, audiobooks, DVDs, and more. The busy library is open 58 hours a week. In the fiscal year 2008-2009, registered users of the library borrowed 294,947 items. Not included in that number are the thousands of people who attended the hundreds of children’s and adult programs, who sought information from the reference staff, who used the reference information on the library’s webpage, or who used the materials and Internet services in the library.

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Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative (LCLC)

A New Era Begins!

The Parkland Community Library has joined forces with ten other local libraries to form the Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative (LCLC)! Together we all share one library card and catalog expanding the collection to over 550,000 items. If there is a book, DVD, or item you are seeking that is not in our collection, odds are that one of our partner libraries has it. Place a hold, and pick-it-up at the library of your choosing!

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Board Officers

Kathy Osmond

President

Upper Macungie Township

Dr. Barry G. Cohen

Vice President

South Whitehall Township

Lisa Luciano

Treasurer

North Whitehall Township

Lynn Feldman

Recording & Corresponding Secretary

South Whitehall Township

Lynne Harakal

Assistant Treasurer

North Whitehall Township

Board Members

Nancy Holler

Upper Macungie Township

Robert Fager

Upper Macungie Township

Carrie Nedick

South Whitehall Township

Lisa Roth

Parkland School District

Debbie Jack

Library Director

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Parkland Careers

Start your career at the library. If you're looking to enter the library profession, librarians and library media specialists are growing fields at a projected growth rate of 5 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. Communities are increasingly turning to libraries for a variety of services and activities. Make a difference in your community.

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Policies

Find a list of Parkland Community Library’s most frequently requested public policies and guidelines, including our return policy, Code of Conduct, Unattended Child Policy, and more. Please view our Contact page for COVID-19 procedures.

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