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Swarthmore Public Library

121 Park Avenue
Swarthmore PA 19081

(610) 543-0436 (front desk)    (610) 543-3171 (office)

Delaware County Library System link:


Library Hours

Monday to Thursday            10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday                                 10 a.m to noon and 2 to 7 p.m.
Saturday                             10 a.m. to 5 p.m. *

Sunday                               1 p.m. to 5 p.m.*

Summer Hours (July and August)  *
Saturday                              10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday                                 Closed

Library Staff

Director: Sharon Ford

Children's Librarian:  Kristin Grossi

Assistant Librarian:  Karen Robinson

Assistant Librarian:  Carol Mackin

 ILL Librarian:  Betty Barbara Smart

Circulation Assistant

Robert Paynter


Children's Winter Schedule

Registration is required for all programs.  Sign up at the Swarthmore Public Library or call 610-543-3171.


Mondays *January 8 to March 13 at 10:15 or 11:15 am for ages 2-3 1/2 with an adult).  Songs, fingerplays, flannel board stories & simple crafts.  8 week session.


Tuesdays *January 9 to March 13 at 10 am. for ages 0-2 with an adult.  Lapsit program, books, nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays and puppets.


Tuesdays *January 9 to March 13 at 2:30 pm for ages 3 1/2 to 5.  Stories, games, songs and crafts from A-Z.  10 week session.


Wednesdays *January 10 to March 14 at 4 pm.  Folk and fairy tales, myths, legends and a theme related craft.  10 week session.


January 17, February 21, March 21 (Ages 9-12)

Once a month book discussion, snack, fun and friendship.


Library Board

Sally Fullam:  President              610-328-3763††††

Board Members: 

Katie Crawford, Jackie Dering, Joan Friedman, Amy Graham, Victoria Kalkanoglu, Marjorie McAboy, Bern Rehberg, Melissa Smith

About the Library

The Swarthmore Public Library circulates books, audiotapes, CD books, videos, DVDs, music CDs and periodicals for adults and children.  Programming at the library includes story hours for ages 0-10, summer reading programs for ages 0-16 and adult informational programs.

Book Group for Adults

Meets at 2:00 pm on the second Wednesday of each month. † All interested adults are welcome to attend, even if they havenít read the book.


Technology Topics

The Swarthmore Public Library's Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) has been relocated to the Dew Drop Inn.  CCTV helps people with low vision who want to read the fine print.  For more information, please call the Swarthmore Public Library at 610-543-0436 or the Dew Drop Inn at 484-472-7196.

The Dew Drop Inn is located at 7a Chester Road in Swarthmore.  Easy-to-read directions for operating the CCTV are located on the machine.  The CCTV was purchased through donations, including a very generous gift from the Coltman Family Foundation.

Library Computers

The library has five computers that provide Internet access and word processing:

•  Microsoft Word 2000

•  Microsoft Excel 2000

•  Microsoft Access 2000

•  PowerPoint 2000

•  Publisher 2000

•  Front Page 2000

In the children's area there is a computer available for young people to play educational games.  (It is not connected to the Internet) Software is available for ages 2-10.


Computer Policy

The Delaware County Library System has established an Electronic Network Policy to regulate in-library computer use:

  • Patrons must have a valid library card to use the Internet.  Use is limited to two hours per day.
  • All library computers are filtered.  If there is a website that you cannot access please speak to the library staff to have it unblocked.
  • Power Library databases may be accessed from your home computer with a valid library card.
  • You may renew and reserve books online from your home computer or by phoning:  610-543-0436.


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