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Our Mission

The Mary S. Biesecker Public Library recognizes its responsibility to provide information and recreational materials for all the people of the community.  We are committed to the promotion of lifelong learning.

Brief History

Mary S. Biesecker Portrait

This is a portrait of Mary Scull Biesecker (b.1862-1917), which hangs in main room of the library

In 1914 the  Somerset Public Library was started by nearly 100 local residents who wanted to share their love of reading with the local community. In 1943, the library moved to its present location at 230 S. Rosina Ave. in Somerset, PA.

The library was renamed The Mary S. Biesecker Public Library and continues its founders’ tradition with a collection of over 35,000 items including books, e-Books, dvds, audiobooks, and periodicals.  We also have modern electronic resources including free internet, public computers, wireless printing, and fast WiFi throughout the library.

We are a public library, supported by state and local funding, corporate and private donations and small fee services within the library.  We are members of Access PA System, American Library Association, Pennsylvania Library Association, and the Cambria County District Library System.

Personnel Information

Library Director: Lee Ann Schrock

Library Aides: JoAnn Critchfield, Susan Kinsella, Pat Kuna

IT & Facilities Coordinator: Morgan Simmons

Volunteers: Phyllis Moore, Helen Skalski

Board of Directors:  Mr. Matt Deal – President, Mrs. Annette Isgan- Vice President, Mr. Benedict Vinzani- Treasurer, Mr. G. Henry Cook – Secretary, Mrs. Mona Herrell, Mrs. Marsha Dykstra, and Megan E. Will.

We are a PA Forward Star Library Partner

Libraries are no longer just buildings that house books. Today’s libraries are agile institutions serving real-life needs. They hold the key to powering progress and elevating the quality of life in Pennsylvania by fueling the types of knowledge essential to success: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy. The PA Forward Star Library Program showcases and recognizes libraries that incorporate PA Forward and the five key literacies into their programming activities, displays and events. Read more about the partnership on http://www.paforward.org/.