Over $400,000 of State Funds support the completion of the Osterhout Free Library’s HVAC System Overhaul

The Osterhout Free Library recently completed an overhaul of their HVAC system at the Central Branch. The project removed the prior system, which was outdated, ineffective, and difficult to maintain, and replaced it with an energy efficient system that will benefit library staff, patrons, and the collection.

Pennsylvania state funds were essential to the completion of the Osterhout Free Library’s much needed HVAC System overhaul. Over $400,000 was acquired via a combination of Gaming Grant Funds (Local Share Account Program) and a Keystone Grant for Public Library Facilities (Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund). Local foundation grants and library savings accounted for the balance of project funds.

The Osterhout Free Library is a member of the Luzerne County Library System, as well as the district center for the Wilkes-Barre Library District.  The Library provides materials and services to all residents of Luzerne County enabling them to obtain information, free of charge, for their personal, educational, recreational and professional needs. The library’s mission is to continue to broaden these services and to stimulate their use.



Photo (Left to Right): Mark Barry, Grants Coordinator, City of Wilkes-Barre, Theodore Wampole Jr., Wilkes-Barre City Administrator, Senator John Yudichak,  Stacey Mulligan, Library Development Advisor, PA Department of Education, Richard Miller, Executive Director, Osterhout Free Library, Derek Zambino, Board Member, Osterhout Free Library, Molly Hoegen, President, Board of Directors, Ostherhout Free Library.

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