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Win a dream trip for 2 to either Hawaii or Northern Europe!




This is your dream chance to win a trip for 2 or option for $5,000 cash!

Includes airfare and $500 spending money!

Purchase your raffle ticket today at the Lewes Public Library

Tickets are $100 each (cash, credit card or check payable to Lewes Public Library)
  • Only 300 tickets to be sold (a minimum of 100 tickets must be sold)
  • Tickets on sale through drawing date or until sold-out
  • Drawing to be held Friday, April 28, 2017 (need not be present to win)
  • All proceeds benefit the Lewes Public Library

For additional information and itinerary details, click here.
Both cruises are on Norwegian Cruise Line.

Thank you for your generous support and, as always, we hope to see you at the Library.

 For a copy of the raffle permit, click here.


2017 Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Series
Thursdays, March 30 - May 18





Registration is now available for our upcoming Great Decisions series that will begin on Thursday, March 30th at 6:00 PM and meet every Thursday through May 18th. Please register online. A limited number of Briefing Books are available to borrow from the Library. After you register, you will be contacted when your Briefing Book is available.

The Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions series is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Groups throughout the US read the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watch the DVD, and meet to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. The Lewes Public Library's Great Discussions group will meet and discuss the following issues:

  • The Future of Europe
  • Trade, Jobs and Politics
  • Conflict in the South China Sea
  • Saudi Arabia in Transition
  • U. S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
  • Latin America's Political Pendulum
  • Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Nuclear Security

Want to learn more about what's happening behind the scenes at the Library?
Attend a Board of Commissioners or Friends Board of Directors meeting!



Board of Commissioners

Board Meeting

Tuesday, February 28

8:30 AM

Meeting is open to the public

Friends Board of Directors

Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 15

5:30 PM

Meeting is open to the public


FREE AARP Tax-Aide Prep Help
Saturdays Starting Feburary 4 through April 15


This service is by appointment only.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a joint venture between the AARP and the IRS to provide free tax preparation help to anyone of any age, but especially those over 50 and those who can’t afford tax preparation costs.

To schedule an appointment stop by the Circulation Desk. At that time you will receive registration forms. These forms must be completed and brought to your appointment.

For more information, contact the Lewes Senior Center at 302-645-9293


Looking for a gift for someone who has everything?
Let the Library help you!

Reserve an Engraved Tribute Paver

Honor or memorialize family and friends with an engraved tribute paver at the new Library. Pavers will be installed within the "allee" - a shaded walkway across from the Library entrance that is the centerpiece of the grounds.

Click here to download a Tribute Paver brochure.



Sponsor a Solar Panel 

The new Library has 540 solar panels which are expected to generate ALL the energy needs to heat and cool our new, larger Library. Combined with passive lighting, LED lights, and a new VRF system, solar makes the new Library one of the greenest, most cost-efficient buildings in the greater Lewes region.

To see a YouTube video of the solar panel installation, click here.

You now have the opportunity to sponsor one or more of our array of solar panels. Click here for a brochure.



Celebrate your child or grandchild with a leaf on the new Library "Learning Tree"

 Celebrate the children and grandchildren of greater Lewes by having their names and special messages engraved on a “Learning Tree” at the new Library. One wall of the new Children’s Room will be dedicated to the colorful tree, whose branches will expand as up to 300 leaves are added.

Engraved leaves may be purchased in three colors – gold, silver and bronze – for $300, $200 and $100 each, respectively. For more information, please click here to download an order form.


Book Donations

The Friends of the Lewes Public Library accepts gently used books, DVDs, and CDs to benefit the Library. Please see our acceptance guidelines below. Some of these donations are incorporated into the Library’s collection, while others are sold in the Friends’ book sale or in the Friends’ shop, Just Between Friends. Proceeds from the sales help pay for 100% of the books added to the Library’s collection, as well as many of the free programs offered. 

Book donations are accepted at the Just Between Friends Shop from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm. When the shop is closed, please check in with the Library Circulation desk for instructions.   

If you have a large quantity of books to donate, please let us know that upon your arrival at the Library. These donations must be brought to the loading dock area of the Library facing Freeman Highway. A hand cart is available for moving the books.

Due to space limitations in the Library storage areas, we are no longer able to accept more than four boxes of book donations from one person at any given time. Anyone wishing to donate items may bring in individual books, small bags of books, or up to four boxes of books at one time.

We accept:

  • antiquarian, rare and collectible books
  • children’s Books
  • foreign language books (in Western script)
  • hardcover fiction and nonfiction
  • mass market paperbacks
  • DVDs and Blu-ray discs
  • books on CD
  • video games


We DO NOT accept:

  • materials in poor condition (moldy, tattered, stained, etc)
  • audio cassettes, VHS tapes, LP records, and computer software
  • books published by magazines (ex: Reader’s Digest Condensed and Time-Life books)
  • Britannica and World Books encyclopedia
  • dated reference material (over 5 years old)
  • free copies, examination copies, or Advanced Reading copies
  • tax and government documents or forms
  • travel guides older than 3 years old


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