The Reference collection consists of over 3,700 volumes. In addition to books there are online databases for magazines, journals, reference material and more. For business and investment you will find Value Line, Morningstar, and more. Email Reference questions to:
Current subscriptions to over 300 magazines may be found on the shelves in the reading area. Back issues are stored in a special reference section. Daily newspapers are also located in the reading area; recent issues are kept in the newspaper room from one to three months. The library also has the Observer-Reporter back to August 1808 on microfilm and, beginning in 2000, on CD-ROM.
Large Print Collection
For people with impaired vision, there is a collection of large-print fiction and non-fiction, plus magnifying glasses and a video magnifier which enlarges printed material or objects.
Local History and Genealogy
The Special Reference room contains an extensive collection of books dealing with local history and genealogy and is accessible to patrons whenever the library is open. There is also a large microfilm collection including newspapers to August 1808, as well as area census and other records.
The Genealogical Society of Southwestern Pennsylvania is housed on site and holds monthly meetings in the library.
Parent/Teacher Resource Center
The Resource Center is located in the Children's Department and includes a growing collection of parenting materials, books, and kits designed for teachers, daycare providers, and homeschooling families.