The Sayre Public Library is a dynamic organization serving over 6,000 residents within the service areas of Sayre, Pennsylvania, and the greater Bradford County area community. Our collection is continuously maintained and refined according to patron needs and desires. Our holdings currently include over 20,000 print materials, subscriptions to roughly 40 periodicals, and over 1,000 audiovisual materials. We also maintain a diverse collection of online and digital resources. These include e-Book, audiobook, film, TV, and music offerings, as well as online databases containing tools for personal or professional research, genealogy, academic and vocational development, and more.
The library also provides public access desktop and laptop computers, technology assistance, and Wi-Fi access. We also offer a diverse selection of programming options, workshops, speakers, educational events, and outreach services for all members of our community. These include weekly story time sessions for preschool-age children, reading and literacy initiatives for school-age children, and numerous offerings for teens, young adults, adults, and seniors.
The Sayre Public Library prides itself on fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all members of our community.
At a Glance:
Approximately 10,000 registered borrowers
Annual circulation of approximately 15,000 items.
Collection & circulation of more than 36,000 print and audiovisual materials.
Reached more than 3,672 children and adults through programming and outreach initiatives in 2019.
In 1936, in the midst of the Great Depression, the Sayre Public Library was established with 1,600 donated books and $300 provided by the Sayre Monday Club. The long-time, constant dream of the Monday Club was for a public library. Their first meetings in Coleman Memorial Parish House included an agreement to help support the Mary Packer Cummings Library already underway there. Club memberships were sold, and the resulting finances raised allowed for a public library to be opened in February 1937. The original space for this establishment was a storefront location on Lockhart St. in downtown Sayre. In 1938, a tax was established to support the young library, which was soon moved into the local American Legion building on South Elmer Avenue in downtown Sayre. This site would serve as the home for the Sayre Public Library for roughly 50 years. The support and advocacy of the Monday Club continued until the late 1980’s, when the Glaser Library Facility was built and opened on 122. South Elmer Avenue in the center of Sayre. Built with the generous and selfless financial assistance of Sidney Glaser, the facility was completed in 1988. It is the present and proud home of the library today.
The Sayre Public Library remains forever grateful to these community champions of the library.
Sayre Public Library respectfully acknowledges that we exist upon the ancestral and traditional land of the Onondowa’ga (Seneca), Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Leni Lenape (Delaware), Haudenosaunee Confederacy (Iroquois), Susquehannock (Conestoga), and all of the ancestors whose names we no longer remember. We also recognize that the names given to the Native people who inhabited and continue to inhabit this region are not the names these people called and continue to call themselves. It is with humble gratitude that we give thanks to the Indigenous people who came before us and those with us today, for their reverence of our Mother Earth, which gives us life.
The mission of the Sayre Public Library is to improve and enrich the lives of our users through information, education, and recreation. The Library values the citizens of Sayre and responds to their needs by providing welcoming library spaces, well-organized and up-to-date collections, friendly professional service, and well-trained staff.
Maureen Forrest, Library Clerk
Janet Hughes, Library Clerk
Elizabeth Mulkerin, Library Clerk
Linda Politi, Library Clerk
Mary Yonkin, Library Clerk
Board of Trustees
Henry Farley, President
Kara Short, Vice President
Cindy Yanuzzi, Treasurer
Pam Hayton, Secretary
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Hours and Location
Monday-Wednesday-Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am to 3:30
Returns may be made after hours via the drop box on the Elmer Avenue side of the building.
Sayre Public Library is located at 122 South Elmer Avenue, Sayre PA, at the corner of Elmer Avenue and Packer Avenue. We are located across from the Dandy Mini Mart and Howard Elmer Park, and diagonal to the Sayre Theater.
We do not have a parking lot. There is one handicapped spot and one free 30 minute spot for library patrons on the Elmer Avenue side of the building. Paid parking is available on both Elmer Avenue and Packer Avenue. Elmer Avenue parking is 25 cents per 30 minutes, and Packer Avenue parking is 25 cents per 20 minutes.
2023 Closed Days
Monday, January 2
Monday, February 20
Friday, April 7
Saturday, May 27
Monday, May 29
Tuesday, July 4
Saturday, September 2
Monday, September 4
Friday, November 10
Thursday, November 23
Friday, November 24
Monday, December 25
Sayre Public Library follows Sayre Area School District for full day weather closures. Partial day and weekend weather closures will be made at the discretion of the library director. Please call to ensure that the library is open in the case of inclement weather.