The Newtown Library Company has a rich history going back to its founding on August 9, 1760. Ever since then, annual shareholders’ meetings have been held on the last Saturday in October. Incorporation was granted by a Special Act of the Pennsylvania Legislature, approved March 27, 1789.
The collection of books was kept at the homes of the various librarians from 1760 until after the County seat was removed to Doylestown in 1813. At that time, the books were housed in the old Court House building until 1824 when the first library building was erected by the Company on land donated by Isaac Hicks. In 1883, a new larger building was constructed at Court St. and Centre Ave across from the Half Moon Tavern.
In 1912 the Company dedicated the present building. An expansion in 1979 provided additional stack rooms, a children’s area, librarian work space and ramps for those unable to negotiate our steps. Read more about the history of the library here.
The Newtown Library Company is, and has always been a subscription library. Our charter of 1789 defines us as a private library with a fee to be a member and annual dues. Two public reading rooms are maintained where anyone may freely enjoy the many resources of Newtown’s unique educational institution.
Anyone wishing to join the library may do so. Even though we are not part of the county library system, we strive to provide our members with the most current best-sellers and books of interest to our members.
Come join the library for:
- Bestsellers, mysteries, cookbooks, magazines, children’s and young adult books, audiobooks, and videos
- Public computers and free wifi
- Poetry readings, lectures, book signings, children’s story hours, meditation
- Fun events, including the Book Lovers’ Party, Amazing Race style scavenger hunt, and 5K Run
Short Film: Preserving the Newtown Borough Library
In the late 1990’s, the following film was produced as a fundraiser and ran on our local network for several months. The film highlights the history, book collection, and the previous financial struggles of the Newtown Library Company. View this short film below to learn more about the Newtown Library Company.
Hours have been modified due to COVID-19.
*See our holiday closings and inclement weather policy here.
Unscheduled closings may occur if volunteers are not available for front desk operation.