Your donation to the Osterhout Free Library helps provide books, computers, genealogy resources, children’s story times, research tools and much, much more. No gift is too small!  Your gift to the library helps us promote literacy and learning throughout the city of Wilkes-Barre. And remember, giving is about more than just about money. For information on volunteering, advocacy and more call 570.823.0156.

You may choose to donate online, by mail, phone or in person.

Donate Online

The easiest and fastest way to donate, online giving, is safe and secure. Clicking on the link will take you to a secure site where you can make your tax-deductible donation. Donate Online Now!

Donate by Mail/Phone

Please print the donation form and supply all requested information, including total amount of gift, credit card number and expiration date. The Library now accepts MasterCard, VISA, American Express & Discover. If you prefer to pay by personal check, please make the check payable to the ‘Osterhout Free Library’.

Mail your completed form and payment to:

Osterhout Free Library
Attn: Development Dept
71 S. Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

OR…if paying by credit card, you can stop by the Circulation Desk at the Main library or phone in your information by calling Christopher Kelly at 570.823.0156 x 218.

The library accepts donations for books In Memory of or In Honor of friends and loved ones. Drop off your cash or check donation with your written request to any library location or donate online via this link.

You can also click here for a printable version of our Memorials/Honorariums form. For more information, please call 570.823.0156.

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The Osterhout Library North Branch occupies the former Abbott Methodist Church, located in the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre.

Donations to support the North Branch can be made by contacting Joanne Austin, North Branch Supervisor, at 570.822.4660 or All donations are tax-deductible.

Christopher Kelly
Director of Development
Osterhout Free Library
71 S. Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
570.823.0156 x 218

Planned Giving
Make a contribution to the Library as part of your will. Planned giving can be tailored to your unique circumstances and provide long-term support to the Library, while saving you significant amounts in estate, gift, and income taxes. Naming the Osterhout Library as a beneficiary of your retirement plan assets, such as an IRA, or your life insurance policy, may also provide tax savings and help protect your assets.

How to Make a Planned Gift
Including the Osterhout Library in your will is simple, even if one has already been created for you. Make changes to your will by executing an amendment called a “codicil.” Both your will and codicil should be drafted by a qualified attorney who specializes in estate planning. Your will or codicil should refer to: Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

More Information
We welcome the opportunity to work with you and your professional financial advisor. If you have any questions regarding a planned gift to the Osterhout Free Library, or if you would like to inform us of your plans to bequest a gift:

Contact Christopher Kelly, Development Director, at 570.823.0156 x 218 or email

A great way to support your Library and clean-up your home or office bookshelves is to donate your used materials to the Friends of the Osterhout Free Library. The Friends will re-sell your donations at their annual June Book Sale. Proceeds from the book sale help sponsor Library projects and activities not covered by the Library’s operating budget. Plus, you can become a member of this grassroots organization dedicated to promoting Wilkes-Barre’s Library an essential institution of our community.
Learn more about the Friends of The Osterhout Free Library, and become a member.

Donations of Specialty Items
Donate special items, such as artwork, historical books, memorabilia and other rare books. To make arrangements, please contact Christopher Kelly at 570.823.0156 x 218 or

The Friends of the Osterhout Free Library

formed shortly after the Agnes Flood of 1972. The group began by raising funds to help the library through the sale of bookmarks, cookies, and books, as well as hosting wine and cheese events and fundraising dinners.

The annual Book Sale, held the third week of June on the library lawn, is the main fundraising event coordinated by the Friends. Mark your calendar for June 18-25, 2016!

Throughout the year, members sort and organize books which are donated by library patrons. In 2015, the Friends raised over $27,000 by selling books. Over the last 39 years the Friends Book Sale has raised over $425,000 to support the Osterhout Free Library. All money raised by the Friends goes directly to supporting the library’s mission.

Executive Board Members
Irene Martin, President
Diane Martindale, Vice President
Diane Krokos, Treasurer
Theresa Roebuck, Secretary
Book Sale Co-Chairs
Veronica Buzinkai & Diane Martindale

Book shop

The Friends’ Book Shop
Great deals on New and Gently Used books of all types! Located on the 3rd Floor of the Main Library (use stairs or elevator).

Monday 10:00am – 1pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 1pm
Thursday 5pm – 7:30pm
Friday 10:00am – 1pm
Saturday 10:00am – 1pm

To join the Friends group or to make a donation, please contact President Irene Martin at

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Companies may also match gifts from employees’ spouses or retirees as well.

If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift to:

Christopher Kelly
Director of Development
570.823.0156 ext. 218

Osterhout Free Library
71 S. Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Dozens of volunteers, from teens to seniors are critical to the Library. They work in all the locations and perform vital jobs. As valued members of the Osterhout team, volunteers learn about our many programs and they’re constantly exposed to ideas, books, book lovers, and authors. It’s a great way to serve your community while meeting interesting people and expanding your horizons.

To Volunteer
To learn how you can get in on the action, and the benefits of volunteering at the Osterhout Free Library, please call us at 570.823.0156. Thank you for your support of the Osterhout Free Library.

The Windows of Opportunity Campaign

Welcome! Please take some time to look through the site and consider this unique opportunity to sponsor one of the Osterhout Free Library’s exquisitely restored stained glass windows.

Remember, the exclusive naming rights for each window are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Now is your time to reserve a lasting legacy in memory or in honor of a loved one, your family, a business, or yourself.

Your acknowledgement plaque will hang by your window for generations to come.

Printable Brochure

Printable Commitment Form

Peter J. Danchak
Barbara Toczko-Maculloch

Click the window numbers below to tour the windows:

Windows Map

Window 1 Window 2 Window 3 Window 4 Window 5 Window 6 Window 7 Window 8 Window 9 Window 10 Window 11 Window 24 Window 25 Window 26 Window 27 Window 28 Window 29 Window 30 Window 31 Window 12 Window 13 Window 14 Window 15 Window 16 Window 17 Window 18 Window 19 Window 20 Window 21 Window 22 Window 23


1 The 1849 Majestic Rose Window $50,000 SOLD
2 The 1849 Gold Window $20,000 SOLD
3 The 1849 Emerald Window $20,000 SOLD
4 The 1849 Sapphire Window $20,000 SOLD
5 The 1849 Ruby Window $20,000
6 The 1849 Violet Window $20,000
7 The 1849 Mosaic Window $20,000
8 The Shakespeare Window $12,500
9 The Twain Window $12,500
10 The Hemingway Window $12,500
11 The Poe Window $12,500 SOLD
12 The Papyrus Window $5,000 SOLD
13 The Gutenberg Window $5,000 SOLD
14 The Printers Window $5,000 SOLD
15 The Ivy League Window $5,000 SOLD
16 The Peter Pan Window $10,000
17 The Snow White Window $10,000 SOLD
18 The Dr. Seuss Window $10,000 SOLD
19 The Harry Potter Window $10,000 SOLD
20 The Curious George Window $10,000
21 The Winnie-the-Pooh Window $10,000
22 The 1849 Looking Glass Window $20,000
23 The 1849 Renaissance Window $20,000 SOLD
24 The Stephen King Window $5,000 SOLD
25 The Agatha Christie Window $5,000 SOLD
26 The David Maculloch Window $5,000
27 The Stephen Ambrose Window $5,000
28 The Great Gatsby Window $5,000
29 The Harper Lee Window $5,000
30 The Jane Austen Window $5,000 SOLD
31 The Dr. Norman Vincent Peale Window $5,000 SOLD



In Recognition of Your Generosity:
A recognition plaque to hang in perpetuity next to your window of choice. Your choice of wording will be engraved on the acrylic plaque. A representation of your plaque is seen below:


Display in your home or business a recognition plaque of our sincere appreciation. A representation of the window shaped plaque in its base is seen below:


Donors will also be recognized on the Osterhout Free Library website and in the Annual Report.

Restoration Endowment Fund Created:
Funds raised through the “Windows of Opportunity” campaign will go to a Restoration Endowment Fund. This fund will benefit future library renovations and help restore more library windows.

Christopher Kelly – Development Director
By Phone: 570-823-0156 x 218
By Email: