The Union Library of Hatboro
Second oldest library in the state, twelfth oldest in the country
From the minute you walk up to the Greek Revival façade of the Union Library of Hatboro, you’ll know why librarian Harriet Ehrsam calls it “a beautiful blend of old and new.” The main building with four massive columns was completed in 1850, but the new children’s wing was dedicated in 2000.
Inside, the collection includes original books from the library’s first shipment from England in 1756 up to first editions of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Known as the free library with the historical collection, the Union Library’s Archives Room on the second floor features books on Pennsylvania history, books on genealogy, a large collection of rare books published before 1900, and a collection of railroad books and memorabilia frequently on display.
This library began in Hatboro’s Crooked Billet Tavern in August 1755, when 38 local citizens met and signed an “Instrument of partnership” to create the “Union Library Company of Hatboro.” The library, albeit with a shortened name, continues to operate under its original charter, making it the second oldest in Pennsylvania and the twelfth oldest in the United States.
Open Mon – Sat. Call ahead for access to archival material
The Union Library Civil War Round Table convenes on the third Wednesday of every month and is open to the public.
The children’s library hosts a 10:30 a.m. story hour (Tuesdays, September – May). Call to learn about other special children’s programs