Welcome to the Lewes Public Library

Our wish list -
to meet our Annual Appeal goal!


Our grand new Library is open and it is the centerpiece of a ten acre cultural, educational, and recreational complex at Stango Park. The Board, staff, and volunteers love the new Library and, based on the tremendous increase in use, we see you do too.

Our new building is twice the size of the old one and we have to attend to business as usual; that is the running of a Library on a daily basis. Like all independent libraries in Sussex County, we receive significant financial help from governmental sources. But these make up only about 60 percent of what we need to operate. So, we come to you each year and ask that you help out.

Your support is critical to the classes, programs, assistance, instruction, and expansion of educational horizons we provide. Further, your support enables our excellent staff and volunteers to provide the services, which are all free of charge, requested by you and your fellow community members every day.

Our community makes excellent use of their Library and, based on the volumes since we moved into the new building in June, we are over 20 percent busier in all areas. We expect over 200,000 folks to pass through the doors this year!  We're proud the Lewes Public Library is the center for cultural enrichment in our community and your tax-deductible gift is a wonderful investment in it.

How Do I Give?
It's easy!
To give online, click on this image:



Or you can download an Annual Appeal form for by clicking here, complete it, then send it and a check made payable to the Lewes Public Library at:
111 Adams Avenue
Lewes, DE 19958

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


Volunteer Opportunity at the Library!

The Library is forming committees to help with the following events this year:
  • Community Carnival (Saturday, September 16)
  • Shakespeare in the Stacks dinner (Friday, September 22)
  • Friends Book Sale (Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30)
  • Bayou Ball (Saturday, November 4)
  • other events as planned/needed

Interested individuals are invited to attend an informational meeting and social hour to learn more about how you can help with these events. To better suit your schedule, we are offering a choice of meetings to attend:

  • Monday, February 6 from 10:00 – 11:30 am OR
  • Thursday, February 9 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Both meetings will be in the medium conference room of the Lewes Public Library (111 Adams Avenue, Lewes).

To RSVP, please click here.

For more information, contact Rebecca Lowe, Volunteer Coordinator at rebecca.lowe@lib.de.us.



Traffic Pattern Changes
Effective Monday, January 23


Beginning Monday, January 23 road work on Adams Avenue will commence. Patrons will need to use the Monroe Avenue entrance and exit to access the Library.

The target completion date is mid to late April 2017.

We apologize for any inconvenience.


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, January 31

7:00 PM

Meeting is open to the public

Executive Session regarding Library personnel

Tuesday, January 24

10:00 AM

This meeting is not open to the public.


Friends Board of Directors

Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 18

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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