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Here is something you should know:  this isn’t your father’s library anymore!  With the advent of technology and the abundance of Nooks and Kindles, iPods and iPads, you may wonder what Murrysville Community Library can offer the community.  We invite you to find out.  If you have been away from the Library for awhile you will be amazed by how we have embraced and integrated technology into the services we offer.  If you have always been an active member of the Library community, we encourage you to visit our website, participate in our programs and continue to be the driving force behind all that we do.

The Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  In 2011, 112,619 people visited the library and borrowed 151,000 books, magazines, audiobooks, eBooks, music CDs, and DVDs. The Library has seven computers available for public use.  In addition to housing stacks of books, the Library hosts many programs for patrons of all ages.  For our youngest members, our Coordinator of Youth Services, Mrs. Carol Siefken, coordinates several programs during the school year, including Books ‘n Babies, Toddler Time Stories and Preschool Storytime.  Each summer Mrs. Siefken organizes our popular Summer Reading Club.  In 2011, the Library’s theme for Summer Reading Club was “One World, Many Stories.”  Over 1,000 young readers participated in the club and enjoyed more than 40 programs all of which supported family literacy efforts.  Not to be left out, and because everyone loves a club and prizes, the Library sponsors an Adult Summer Reading Club and Adult Winter Reading Program.  Other Library programs include Story Works, Dog Reading Pals, Pokémon League, Socrates Café, Tuesday Evening Adult Book Discussion, Afternoon Tea Group, and Library Knitters.   

One of the most obvious differences between “your father’s library” and Murrysville Community Library is the integration of technology into daily operations.  The Library’s website contains many online resources as well as access to its catalog.  Patrons with up-to-date Library Cards can browse the catalog, place items on hold, and renew items they have checked out.  Murrysville Community Library is a member of the Westmoreland County Federated Library System and, as such, is connected with 24 other libraries within Westmoreland County.  What does this mean for patrons?  It means that when you search the catalog, you are searching the collections of all Westmoreland County libraries.  Patrons are able to place items on hold from other libraries and a van delivery system sponsored by the Westmoreland County Federated Library System will deliver them to the Patron's home library.

 

The Library has spent much time and effort over the last several years on devising a way to bring the Library to you and we have accomplished that goal through this website.  By making technology part of the Library, Patrons are able to download ebooks to Nooks, Kindles, iPads and Sony eReader free of charge through the “Overdrive” icon on the Library’s homepage.  And that’s not all!  Is your high school student working on a research paper?  The General OneFile Icon is the gateway to reference databases for articles on a wide range of subjects.  Gale Virtual Reference Library has current reference materials on business, education, environment, history, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, the nation and world, science and social science.  If you are preparing for an official exam such as SAT, GED, or U.S. Citizenship Exams, click on the LearningExpress link and you will find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you succeed and offering free unlimited access to interactive skill building courses and a broad range of practice tests.  The Library has invested in these and many other databases in order to bring the library to you any time, any place through our website.