Downingtown Library thanks local towns for donations

Downingtown, E. Brandywine, E. Caln, Uwchlan and W. Bradford back library project with funds


Some of the Downingtown Library’s most experienced users teamed up with some of its newest users and state Sen. Andy Dinniman earlier this month to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new library.

DOWNINGTOWN — The Downingtown Library announced Tuesday that it has received financial support from Downingtown Borough and Townships of East Brandywine, East Caln, Uwchlan and West Bradford for the purchase and renovation of the Library’s new home at 122 Wallace Avenue in the heart of the borough.

Deborah Miles, Chair of the Downingtown Library Board of Directors acknowledged the gifts and expressed her appreciation for the signal of strong support from local municipalities for the library project.  

“The Borough and each of these townships have made a one-time donation to the Library’s Capital Campaign of money and/or in-kind gift of at least $10,000 to support the new library, and the Board and Staff are thrilled with their support,” Miles said.  “The current library is neither handicapped accessible, nor is it easy for senior citizens or caregivers with young children to use.  These gifts will help us better serve all of our neighbors.  Thank you for supporting the Library’s vital role in our community.”

The Library Board has planned and implemented a successful fundraising campaign which has raised more than 57% of its $2.2 million goal.  The campaign is building momentum.  On June 10th there was a Groundbreaking Ceremony at the new facility.   As of this press release, the Board will have less than $1 million dollars left to raise.  An agreement of sale for the existing library facility has been secured and will be used to purchase the property.

The Downingtown Library is a vital resource and community center.  Approximately one out of every four area residents does not have a personal computer at home and relies on the Library for access to the Internet.  Each year at the library, more than 900 teens and adults participate in Library programs or access vital information on health and human services, and 110,000 individuals borrow books and materials.

Recently Downingtown Library received a Family Place Grant which expands the traditional role of the public library into a community center for early childhood information, parent education, emergent literacy and family support.

For information or to make a gift please contact:  Karen Miller at (610) 269-2741 or visit:

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