Lower Merion Library System
The Lower Merion Library System - 6 libraries providing great service.
The Lower Merion Library System (LMLS) is a dynamic group of six libraries located just west of Philadelphia. The System serves approximately 60,000 residents of Lower Merion Township and offers reciprocal borrowing to neighboring residents through the ACCESS Pennsylvania program. LMLS is an active participant in interlibrary loan and other cooperative projects among libraries in the state.
LMLS patrons can borrow books, large print books, magazines, music cassettes and CDs, Books on Tape and Books on CD, videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs, all free of charge. Each library also provides public access to the Internet, Microsoft Office and a number of electronic databases. Many of these electronic databases can be accessed from home through the LMLS web site.
LMLS consistently ranks among the top libraries in the country.
The Lower Merion Library System has been nationally recognized by the HAPLR (Hennen's American Public Library Rating) ratings, scoring consistently in the top 95 percentile for its population category. HAPLR measurements focus on a combination of input and output studies including circulation per capita, circulation per hour, annual visits per capita, annual visits per registered borrower, visits per hour, operating cost per capita, and volumes per capita.
According to state statistics, LMLS circulates 29% of all the materials loaned in Montgomery County, and Ludington Library has the highest circulation in the county.
LMLS is justly proud of its courteous, helpful and highly qualified staff who bring a wide range of educational backgrounds and interests to their jobs. Our 15 professional librarians hold Masters Degrees in library and information services. Their undergraduate majors include Art, Elementary Education, English, History, Human Biology, Painting, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology. Part-time and full-time departmental staff are equally qualified, versatile and customer service oriented.
The Lower Merion Library System's mission is to:
- Provide access to and promote a wide variety of books, audio-visual materials and databases reflecting the diverse needs and interests of the population.
- Support the informational, educational, recreational and cultural needs of groups and individuals of all ages.