Hallstead-Great Bend

135 Franklin Ave.
Hallstead, PA 18822

phone: 570-879-2227   fax: 570-879-0982   email: hgb@susqcolibrary.org


Hours of Operation


Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Closed on New Year's, MLK Day, President's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.


Hallstead-Great Bend Library Staff:
Angie Hall, Librarian
Valerie Burdick, Library Assistant

Andrea S., Library Assistant

History of the Hallstead-Great Bend Branch

November 1899 -- There was mention in a local paper that there were arrangements made for a "Citizen's Library"
December 1915 -- A concrete lock-up building was constructed by Alfred E. Badgley for $1900 for the Hallstead Boro
September 1916 -- The Hallstead Women's Christian Temperance Union opened a "Reading Room" to the public
1917 -- Rented a room in the Lamb House at the corner of Susquehanna & Pine Streets, started with 40 books. Miss Vena Smith was the first librarian.
1918 -- Moved to William Richard house, outgrew the rooms
November 1920 -- The Hallstead Public Library moved to present location (201 Franklin Street), sharing facilities with local jail.
1929 -- The Civic Club formed a Book Club
1931 -- The Civic Club began sponsoring the library, and still does to the present!
April 1936 -- The Civic Club took over running the library
1976 -- Children's Room donated in memory of Alfred Hall
1999 -- Joined with the Susquehanna County Library System and became the Hallstead-Great Bend Branch Library

June 2001 -- New Addition erected with special thanks to the citizens of Hallstead & Great Bend and a Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Grant. A Community Block Development Grant was awarded for handicap restroom and door ramp. Barnes & Noble donated furniture & Information sign.

2001 -- The desk furniture and chairs donated in Memory of Mary E. Tuttle.

2002 -- Garden donated by the Hallstead–Great Bend Civic Club in honor their 75th Anniversary

2008 -- Front Door awning was donated in Memory of Jean Gula and George Houghton

2003-2012 -- Dale and Trudy Henry’s Annual Golf Tournament was held to help with furnishings


1916-1918            Mrs. Frances McCreary

 1918-1920           Miss Vena Smith (Mrs. Hutchins)

1920-1925            Mrs. Hand

1960-1972            Jessie Allen

1972-1979            Karen Wrighter

1979-1981            Cathy Dorning

1981-1983            Linda Anesi

1983-1985            Cathy Dorning

1985-1991            John McCathy

1991-1999            Rosemary Hazen  

1997 -                    Angelia Hall and Valerie Burdick