From 1910-1925, the library was housed in a large room on the second floor of the Heilman Building (later known as the Haney Building) on East Washington Street, the site of the current Rite Aid parking lot next to the Community Y. After outgrowing that space, the library moved to the remodeled Hoyt Residence at the southwest corner of Jefferson and North Streets in 1925 where it remained until its relocation to the Old Post Office Building on North and Mercer Streets in 1938. The present-day library at 207 East North Street, opened to the public in 1981.
For over one hundred years, the New Castle Public Library has worked to expand and introduce new services that enhance the educational and recreational needs of our residents. The library continues to play an important role in the Lawrence County area. Good libraries don’t just happen; they have to be planned, cared for, and guided through change.
The mission of the New Castle Public library is to promote lifelong learning, contribute to the development of an active and informed community of citizens, and the meet the evolving educational, recreational, and informational needs of the citizens.
The New Castle Public Library offers all citizens the right to obtain information and knowledge in order to participate in the democratic process. The library must provide information to its people so that they can make decisions through the use of available information and knowledge.
The New Castle Public Library strives to maintain an awareness of new developments in this age of information, and when feasible, make an effort to implement new technology and services in ways that make them equally available and accessible to all citizens in our service area.
As the District Library Center for Lawrence, Butler, Mercer, and Armstrong counties, the New Castle Public Library promotes and supports local libraries through the provision of consultation and adjunct services.
New Castle Library Board
Donald J. Nicolls – President
Ken Aven – Vice President
Patricia Bernard – Secretary
Joseph Ambrosini – Treasurer
Meetings are held at 1:30 pm on the 3rd Monday of each month, except January and February, when meetings will be on the 4th Monday, and August, when there will be no meetings.