Your Library

Your Haverford Township library account card entitles you to use the services of any of the 26 Delaware County Library System member public libraries and most libraries in Pennsylvania. If HTFL does not have a particular resource, customers can usually request the item through our Library website or with the assistance of Library staff.

The HTFL Staff and Library Board of Trustees are dedicated to doing everything possible within their power to help meet your educational, informational and entertainment needs. We recognize that our only purpose for being is to help you.

We also recognize that the presence of a library says so much about the quality of life in a community and having a library says a lot about the type of community that leaders want to offer their constituents. So, we are grateful for the support given to the Library by Haverford Township. Likewise, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also provides pivotal funds and services alongside Delaware County in insuring HTFL library operations current and future. We also are grateful for the support that we get from citizens and organizations in our region.

One precious source of strength for us is the Friends of the Haverford Township Library, a non-profit organization that provides monetary and logistical resources for Library services and development. Do consider joining as fundraising and advocacy are essential undertakings!

But, above all else, our most valuable asset is our customer base -- the residents of Haverford Township and surrounding areas.  Our citizen-customers are our purpose for existing.

Sincerely, it is a privilege and a pleasure to serve you.

Please visit us often in person and online.

For more information, please contact Richard Thau, Library Director at


Library Advocacy

June has arrived and there are signs that serious state budget negotiations are underway.  Governor Rendell and all of our legislators need to hear from all HTFL Library advocates now and for as long as the budget development process takes.
Some information the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLa) would like you to know:
1.       The recession continues to drag down tax collections so the revenue shortfall heading into the next state budget is estimated at between $1.2 and $1.5 billion.  This amount will need to be closed through deeper budget cuts and/or new or increased taxes and fees in the next state budget.
2.       PaLa meetings with legislators and staff in Harrisburg indicate that some do not realize or do not remember how deeply library funding was cut in this current budget.  This concerns library advocates, especially if budget negotiators are looking for more cuts in state programs.  That’s why a new alert is up on the PaLa website  Please read it, share the link with others, and take action.
3.       The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) has launched a Facebook page called: “Pennsylvania's 5.6 Million Library Cardholders Can’t Be Wrong.”  Here’s a link:
4.       Log on to Facebook, join this group, and help spread the word about libraries and the need for restored funding and greater access to services.
HTFL and the Pennsylvania Library Association will keep the information flowing as the process continues in Harrisburg.  For now, the PaLa suggestion is to reach out to Governor Rendell and to our state senators and state representatives.  Remind them that libraries already have been hit hard and what is needed is some restored funding to restore more access—not more cuts.
Thanks you all for all of your hard work in support of restoring access to library services.
HTFL Library customers: Contact Richard Thau, Library Director with your questions/insights at:

The Virtual Library

Welcome to our virtual library! We are delighted that you are visiting the Haverford Township Free Library today, and we hope you'll visit often to catch our updates.
Like a conventional library, our home page can open up the world to you. Its various component parts provide information about our library and our region.
We have designed our web site to be user friendly, and taken every possible measure to make the information accurate, useful, and current. Librarians are working to continually add content to the site. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us hear from you. Contact HTFL Library Director Richard Thau at:

  We thank you for your support.


Library Book Returned Late--221 Years Late.

Check out this site for an interesting article: George Washington's library book returned 221 years late
A library book borrowed by the first U.S. president, George Washington, has been returned to a New York City's oldest library, 221 years late. "A few days after learning of the situation, staff at Washington's home in Virginia, Mount Vernon, offered to replace Vattel's "Law of Nations" with another copy of the same edition," the library said in a statement.

An Important Study from the Gates Foundation about Libraries

Libraries: The Key Link for Jobs, Health and Education
Results from Gates Foundation National Study

Seventy-seven million Americans age 14 or older---equivalent to one-third of our population---use public library computers or wireless networks says a new study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation titled: Opportunity for All: How the American
Public Benefits from Internet Access in U.S. Libraries.

Of this group,

  • 40% search for jobs and fill out applications,
  • 37% research health issues for themselves or their families, and
  • 42% find help with educational research or completing homework assignments.

Another key finding identifies low-income adults
as more likely to rely on the public library as their sole access to computers and the Internet than any other group.

Unfortunately, access to public library services in Pennsylvania is shrinking due to budget cuts at the state and local level despite the fact that millions of constituents see libraries as essential tools to connect them to opportunity.

For the 2010-2011 state budget, the Pennsylvania Library Association urges Governor Rendell, State Senators and State Representatives to restore access to much needed library services for their constituents.

Please send a message to your legislator about this important study!