About Us

Sayre Public Library, is a dynamic organization serving over 6,000 residents of the greater Sayre community. The collection is continuously expanding and includes over 20,000 books, subscriptions to 40 different periodicals, and over 1,000 audiovisual materials. The Library also provides public access desktop and laptop computers, one-on-one technology help and computer classes, a variety of community seminars and workshops, story hour for preschool children, reading programs for school age children, and programming for teens and seniors.

At a glance:

  • Nearly 10,000 registered borrowers
  • Annual circulation of approximately 15,000 items
  • Collection includes more than 36,000 material and electronic items
  • Reached more than 3,672 children and adults through programming and outreach in 2019


In 1936, during the Great Depression, Sayre Public Library opened with 1,600 donated books and $300 in cash from the Monday Club. Memberships were sold and money was raised to allow for the public library to open a building on Lockhart Street in February 1937. In 1938, a tax was set to support the library and the library moved into the Legion building. In 1987, the current library building located at 122 South Elmer Avenue was erected.

Mission Statement

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.


Heather Manchester, Director    hmanchester@sayrepl.org   

Basil Bacorn, Adult Services Librarian   bbacorn@sayrepl.org 

Shelley Cowder, Youth Services Librarian   scowder@sayrepl.org

Sara Troup, Interlibrary Loan Services   stroup@sayrepl.org

Stacey Mooney, Collection Management Librarian   smooney@sayrepl.org

Janet Hughes, Library Clerk    

Linda Politi, Library Clerk

Elizabeth Mulkerin, Library Clerk

Mary Yonkin, Library Clerk


Board of Trustees

Henry Farley, President

Kara Cochi, Vice President

Cindy Yanuzzi, Treasurer

Robin Munn, Secretary

Maureen Beirne

Megan Gilson

Cherie Hunt

Julia Newman

Pam Hayton


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Hours and Location

Open Hours
Monday-Wednesday-Friday    10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday-Thursday                     10:00 am to 7:30 pm
Saturday                                       9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Returns may be made after hours through 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.

2022 Closed Days

  • Saturday January 1
  • Monday February 21
  • Friday April 15
  • Saturday May 28
  • Monday May 30
  • Monday July 4
  • Saturday September 3
  • Monday September 5
  • Friday November 11
  • Thursday November 24
  • Friday November 25
  • Saturday December 24
  • Monday December 26
  • Saturday December 31

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.