WCPL is CLOSED until further notice per state and county orders.
WCPL is the polling place for WC Ward 7 (Precinct 860) on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Only those voting in person in this precinct will be allowed into the building. NO library services (check-out, browsing) are allowed that day by Commonwealth order.

No fines will accrue on library materials. PLEASE KEEP ALL LIBRARY MATERIALS AT HOME!

For COVID-19 updates please visit the Chester County Health Department's website (click on badge below), or the PA Dept. of Health website.

More about our regular programs available here.

Exam Proctoring information
Meeting Room policy & reservation information


Mon-Wed9:30am to 8:00pm

Thurs-Sat9:30am to 5:00pm

415 N. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19380



CCLSThe West Chester Public Library is proud to be a part of The Chester County Library System.


Victoria E. Dow, Director (email: vdow(at) )
415 N. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19380

Call our front desk at (610)696-1721
Call our children’s department at (610)696-7985

Board Officers and Meetings

President: Mary Brooks (mubrooks2(at)
Vice-President: Rachel Kagan
Treasurer: Scott Kirkland
Secretary: Tina Facciolli

Board Meeting Date/Time: 3rd Monday of every month @ 7:00pm.

Board Meeting Minutes

Library Policies and Annual Reports

WCPL Policies

WCPL Annual Report: WCPL 2018 Annual Report

WCPL past year IRS 990: WCPL 2018 IRS990 A D G O

WCPL 2015-202 Strategic Plan: 2020-2023 WCPL Strategic Plan

Guidestar: Click here to view WCPL’s public tax records

Other information:

Interested in volunteering at WCPL? We have a number of library tasks we need help with: shelving, assisting at the main desk, assisting with children’s and teen programs, assisting on at the Lower Level desk. Please be aware that adults 18 and older will need criminal and child abuse background checks per PA law. Those are free to volunteers and are available from PA State Police (click on Volunteers Only box) and PA Child Welfare Portal (information on certification requirements for volunteers click hereWCPL Volunteers policy).   Please fill out our Volunteer form – WCPL Volunteer Application  and either drop it off at the library, or scan and email it to wcpl(at) with Volunteer Application in the subject line.

Exam proctoring: we are happy to proctor exams for students taking online/distance education courses.  There is a $25 charge per exam.  Details on proctoring available here: WCPL Proctoring Info Sheet

Some history of the West Chester Public Library:
WCPL Short History
Thirtieth Annual Report-WCPL MTownsend

For information about the Chester County Library System, its services and member libraries please visit

And, a little about the Borough of West Chester. Age-friendly West Chester, PA: A Thriving Community