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Osterhout Free Library – CENTRAL BRANCH

71 South Franklin Street,
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
570-823-0156

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Hours

Monday–Thursday

9 am – 8 pm

Friday

9 am – 5 pm

Saturday

9 am - 4 pm

*Sat. in July/August...

10 am - 2 pm

Sunday

Closed

   

OPEN COMPUTER LAB

 

Mon. & Wed. 5pm-7:30pm

Sat. 1-3:30pm

From PA Turnpike: Take exit #105 for Wilkes-Barre. Turn left at the STOP sign onto Route 115 North. Route 115 becomes PA 309 North. On 309, take exit #3 for Plains/Wilkes-Barre. At the exit take a left on North River Street. Go through 7 traffic lights on River Street. After passing the Market Street Bridge take a left on Northampton Street. Take another left at the traffic light onto South Franklin Street. The Osterhout Free Library is located in the second church building on the left.

From Route 81 North or South: Take exit 170B for Wilkes-Barre/PA 309. Take exit #3 for Plains/Wilkes-Barre. At the exit take a left on North River Street. Go through 7 traffic lights on River Street. After passing the Market Street Bridge, take a left on Northampton Street. Take another left at the traffic light onto South Franklin Street. The Osterhout Free Library is located in the second church building on the left.

From Tunkhannock and Dallas: Take PA 309 South. Take exit #3 for Plains/Wilkes-Barre. At the exit take a right on North River Street. Go through 7 traffic lights on River Street. After passing the Market Street Bridge, take a left on Northampton Street. Take another left at the traffic light onto South Franklin Street. The Osterhout Free Library is located in the second church building on the left.

Parking: Parking is available in the BOSCOV’S Department Store parkade, which is across the street from the library and further up the block. BOSCOV’S offers one hour of free parking to the library visitors. You can get your parking ticket validated at the circulation desk. Parking is free is for 3 hours if you make a $2 purchase in the store. If you don’t purchase anything it is 60 per hour.

Another parking lot may be accessed by continuing straight on Northampton Street, instead of turning at South Franklin Street. The lot is on the left side of the street just past the traffic light. This parking lot charges 70 per hour. The library is across the street from one edge of the lot.

You may also find street parking at the meters in front of the library. Their rate is 371/2 minutes for 25 with a 2 hours maximum.

Osterhout Free Library – NORTH BRANCH

28 Oliver Street,
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705
570-822-4660

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Hours

Monday

1:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tuesday and Wednesday

1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Friday

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday

Closed

Directions from the Central Branch: Take Northampton Street, going east, to the light at Wilkes-Barre Boulevard. Turn left onto Wilkes-Barre Boulevard and go through 6 traffic lights. You will pass under the Cross Valley Expressway. At the Turkey Hill, turn right onto George Avenue. Go roughly 1/2 mile, making a right onto Trethaway Avenue. At the stop sign, take a right onto Oliver Street. The North Branch is on the right.

Osterhout Free Library – PLAINS BRANCH

126 North Main Street,
Plains, PA 18705
570-824-1862

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Hours

Monday-Wednesday

12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday

1:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Friday

Closed

Saturday and Sunday

Closed

Directions from the Central Branch: Go north on South Franklin Street and turn left onto Market Street. Turn right onto North River Street. You will pass the courthouse and General Hospital. When you approach the overpass of the Cross Valley, get in the right lane to continue north (do not take the ramp to the Cross Valley). When you are through the underpass, you will now bear right onto Maffett Street, which eventually becomes North Main Street. Proceed on North Main Street through the traffic light and the Plains Branch is located in the Municipal Building on the left-hand side, across from the Methodist Church at the top of the hill.

Osterhout Free Library – SOUTH BRANCH

2 Airy Street,
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
570-823-5544

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Hours

Monday and Tuesday

12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Wednesday

Closed

Thursday

12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Friday

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday

Closed

From the Central Branch: Take Northampton Street, to the 4th traffic light, which is Wilkes-Barre Blvd. Turn right on to Wilkes-Barre Blvd. At the 2nd traffic light turn left onto Hazle Street. Proceed up the hill, and at the 2nd traffic light (the 2 lights are very close together), turn right onto Stanton Street. Pass the STOP sign and watch for the library is on the left at the next corner (Stanton and Airy Street) before Fred’s garage. You may find parking on Stanton Street, or make a left on Airy Street.