Parkland Community Library will be closed until further notice.

There will be no curbside pickup and no returns accepted. 

We have been notified that one of our employees has been exposed to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. As such, employees working at Parkland Community Library may have been exposed to this virus. 

Returns- Please hold your returns until we reopen, or they can be returned to another LCLC library. Fines will not be issued during this COVID-19 closure. 

Holds- Can be picked up when we reopen. Notifications will not be resent. Items will be held for 4 business days after we reopen.

Staff may be reached by email. General questions please email info@parklandlibrary.org. Children: kids@parklandlibrary.org Young Adults: teens@parklandlibrary.org Adults: adults@parklandlibrary.org

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Parkland Community Library is taking measures to ensure the safety of our employees during this coronavirus outbreak, including disinfecting workspaces, working remotely, hosting virtual events, offering curbside pickup, and quarantining returned books. For more information on COVID-19, including symptoms and treatment, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov

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4/5/2021 Please visit our homepage for COVID-19 open status. The major work of the renovation has been completed. Exterior grounds work will commence with the warmer weather.  

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Interior

11/12/2020 Since closing in February 2020, renovations to the library continued through the summer and fall seasons. The exterior walls are up, and new windows were installed. Concrete has been poured for the new front porch. 

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On December 18, 2019, South Whitehall Township commissioners approved the expansion and renovation Parkland Community Library. The footprint of 5,400 square feet will expand to 10,200 square feet, including a new extension towards Walbert Avenue with a first and second floor. The enlarged first floor will include a large community room that can be divided into two smaller rooms. The north side of the building will also include additional restrooms, per request of our patrons. Parkland Community Library staff will be relocated to the second floor.

The renovation features a new children’s wing! Our former staff offices will be opened up to make space for the Children’s collection, a program space, window seating, and a play area.

The library will also receive additional parking. This expansion will allow us to continue serving the Parkland community at our current location while providing much-needed parking and space.

2020 Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, Parkland Community Library held a groundbreaking ceremony on the grounds of 4422 Walbert Avenue, Allentown, PA. The Library's director, Debbie Jack, and Barry G. Cohen, PCL Board President, gave speeches and announced officially that the long-awaited library expansion is well underway. 


PCL Partners with South Whitehall Township to Explore Library Expansion

As of 2019, Parkland Community Library (PCL) building capacity was 5,400 square feet. While the population of Parkland School District has grown to 55,000 community members, the library has remained the same size since 1981. PCL Executive Director Debbie Jack said, “It’s time to expand, so we can continue to serve the community at the high level it expects and deserves.”

On Wednesday, February 1, 2019, the Parkland Community Library Board of Directors went before the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners and received the go ahead to explore expanding their current location an additional 2,000 to 7,000 square feet, subject to space and budget constraints. Expansion features may include more space for community events to serve more children at storytime while providing adult workshops and groups at the same time. Potential expansion costs will be bolstered with $3M saved for a new larger building. Jack said, “The Parkland Community Library Board of Directors is excited to partner with South Whitehall Township to make this project a success.”

Questions? Contact: Debbie Jack, Executive Director 610.398.1361, jackd@parklandlibrary.org 

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July2020Constructionpics

July2020

Trees have been removed for the new extension. Interior construction began in June 2020.


Last updated: 4/5/2021