Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Columbia County, or who is a member of the N4Cs community center in Benton, may use the free public library services offered by the Columbia County Traveling Library. We primary serve the 24 Columbia County municipalities which do not have access to a traditional public library.
The library is partially funded by the Columbia County Commissioners and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, but depends on $50,000 in local fundraising per year to operate. Our annual budget is $140,000-$150,000 depending on community support and grants.
The Bookmobile is our main library. It makes community stops throughout the county on a biweekly schedule. We stop in the Benton, Millville, Mifflinville, and Catawissa areas at least once per week. See the bookmobile schedule to find a stop near you.
We stop in Central, Benton, Millville, Jerseytown, North Centre Township, South Centre Township, Lime Ridge, Mifflinville, Catawissa, Franklin Township, and Numidia. We also do special stops at daycares, pre-schools,
K-12 schools, and senior centers throughout the county.
Note: The bookmobile is on a modified, limited schedule during the pandemic because of funding and staff shortages. We hope to restore more service in March 2021.
The walk-in library at 702 Sawmill Rd. Ste 101, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 serves as a base library for the bookmobile and a county library. It is open six days per week – see library hours. There are 25,000+ books, audiobooks, and DVDs here in addition to the 5000+ items on the bookmobile. Browse and check out books from our large collection. Return items you checked out on the bookmobile. Use the public computer. Book donations for our book sales are accepted year-round.
Use the lower parking lot in the back of the building to get to the library entrance. See map and get driving directions.
The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center (N4Cs) is partnering with the Traveling Library to offer a community library in Benton. There are 2500+ books from the Traveling Library collection available for loan during Center hours to anyone who lives or works in Columbia County or who has an N4Cs membership. Library patrons can also return any Traveling Library book to the center, and can request to pick up reserved items there.
Public Services Librarian
Board of the Columbia County Traveling Library Authority
This nine-person board of community leaders is responsible for governance, oversight, and strategic planning for the library, which operates as a municipal authority.
- Kelly McHenry, President
- Carmen Fruit, Vice-President
- Bert Leiby, Treasurer
- Sandra Boyer, Secretary
- Heather Almer
- David James
- Rita Millard
- Amanda Noblit
- Chris Young, County Commissioner
Board of the Friends of the Columbia County Traveling Library
The 16-person board of this separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization is responsible for fulfilling the mission of the Friends to support the Traveling Library through fundraising, volunteering, and community outreach.
- Penny Pomfret, President
- Melissa Matthews, Vice-President
- Leanne Kline, Treasurer
- Jill Stancik, Secretary
- Sue Adam
- Deanna Beaver
- Denise Bosworth
- Laurie Creasy
- Jackie Fisher
- Meg Geffken
- Courtney Paddick
- Shirley Welliver
- Carrie Zeisloft
Regular Library Volunteers
These regular volunteers collectively make a big difference each week shelving books, cataloging books, and sorting donated books. We could not do what we do without them!
- Jean Crane
- Laurie Creasy
- Christine Fuller
- Kay Sharrow
A connected community of readers, learners, and volunteers across Columbia County.
The Columbia County Traveling Library provides quality library services in underserved rural areas. Through the bookmobile, branch libraries, and the online library, we build strong communities by offering access to books, information, and lifelong learning opportunities for all.
We take time to get to know community members so we can provide a customized library experience by recommending books, answering questions, anticipating needs, and offering programs that inspire and delight.
Our library is a shared community effort by the people for the people, with financial and volunteer support from individuals, organizations, municipalities, and businesses. We share this important resource with each other.
Literacy & Lifelong Learning
The Traveling Library is a resource that educates, engages, and enlivens people at all stages of life.
Free Exchange of Ideas
We welcome each person equally and help them find the information they need while honoring their privacy and individuality. As a public library, our mandate and mission is to serve the whole community, with no censorship or barriers related to perspectives or points of view. We encourage community conversations in which differing opinions are aired in an atmosphere of civility and respect.
Respect for Diversity
The Columbia County Traveling Library is committed to fostering an environment that is safe, positive, and respectful for all library users, employees, and community members. We pledge to serve our community without bias in regard to individual characteristics of any kind, including but not limited to heritage, nationality, race, ethnicity, immigrant status, religion, beliefs, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, education, veteran status, income, and physical or mental capabilities.
Whenever possible, we offer our support and partnership to organizations which serve Columbia County, including service agencies, schools, pre-schools, and other libraries. Our resources and services are available to help community organizations with a shared mission.
We use community funds wisely, adhering to high standards and best practices. We take good care of our resources and strive for sustainable funding for our future.