History & Mission

Our History

  Zwaanendael Museum: Once home to the Lewes Public Library

Zwaanendael Museum: Once home to the Lewes Public Library

  The Lewes Public Library moved to its present location, 111 Adams Avenue, in 1988 from a room in the west wing of the Lewes City Hall.   Prior to the City Hall location, it was housed for 30 years in the upstairs room of the Zwaanendael Museum.   It had moved there in 1932 from the building which is now occupied by the Zwaanendael Women's Club at Third Street and Savannah Road.

In the year 2000, the library added two wings, the Research and Non-Fiction wing and the Children's wing for the children's collection and activities.   Also added were a special room for the Delaware Collection and an enclosed reading room.

The Library is community-operated and is administered by a Board of Trustees of local citizens appointed by the Superior Court of the State of Delaware.

Library Strategic Plan 2010 - 2015

Library By-Laws, Updated September 2014

Our Mission

The Mission of the Lewes Public Library is to provide access to a wide variety of educational, informational and recreational materials to members of the community through traditional and emerging technologies.  The Library will be responsive to the needs of the community and will support programs, for all ages, to encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning.

(revision adopted by the LPL Board October 13, 2009)

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