Welcome to the Lewes Public Library

The Library and Just Between Friends Shop will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day


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, June 27

8:30 AM

Meeting is open to the public

Friends Board of Directors

Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 21

5:30 PM

Meeting is open to the public


Delaware Money School: How to Avoid Common Financial Mistakes
Monday, May 22, 11:00 AM


Learn the most common financial mistakes people make, determine what those mistakes cost over time and discover easy methods to fix those mistakes. You will be given practical tools to enhance your financial well-being and put an end to giving away your hard earned money. Upon completion of this class, you will be able to navigate your finances with more cash in your pocket.

Click here to register. To register by phone, call 1-877-307-6858. Walk-ins are welcome.


Interested in learning how Delaware purchases products and services?
Attend Vendor Day and find out!
Tuesday, May 23, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

What to expect:
  • Explanation of how the State purchases products and services
  • Turning the State’s transparent business intelligence into a competitive advantage
  • Tips for developing a successful proposal
  • The roles and responsibilities of the State’s central contracting unit
  • Avoiding a non-responsive proposal
  • How to leverage the State’s supplier initiatives to increase your business

Registration required. To register, click here. For more information, call 302-857-4550.


Bustles to Bras: 200 Years of Feminine Silhouette
Tuesday, May 23, 6:00 PM

Join us for this visual media event spanning 1780-1980.Karen Jessee narrates this lively show explaining how women went from bustles to bell bottoms, and why the flapper in between was the modern women. We also peek underneath to see the many ways women are padded, pinched, poufed and cinched. Expect a bit of audience participation.

For more information visit www.bustlestobras.com.

Registration suggested - call the Library at 302-645-2733 or sign up at the Circulation Desk.


 Historic Lewes Farmers Market Story Hour
Saturdays, 9:00 AM - starting May 6


The Children's Reading Program at the Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 9:00 - 10:00 am at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market (George H.P. Smith Park, Johnson & Dupont Avenues in Lewes).

Each week a special book is chosen to reflect the themes of growth, change and healthy eating.
Our Children's Librarian reads stories and interacts with the kids to do lots of fun projects such as plant seeds and make bees out of pipe cleaners.

For ages 3 to 8, but all children are welcome and encouraged to attend with their parents.


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

The Pavers have been installed - come find yours!

Honor or memorialize family and friends with an engraved tribute paver at the new Library.

Pavers are located 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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