Reference service is the main responsibility of the Information Services Department. We maintain a wide variety of reference materials on a range of subjects covering the entire spectrum of knowledge. Material from the reference collection does not circulate and is thus available for use in the library whenever needed. In addition to the print collection, we provide access to numerous electronic resources. These resources are listed below and are also available from the library's home page @ www.osterhout.lib.pa.us. These resources can be accessed from any computer, inside or outside the library, with a valid Luzerne County System Card. We provide individual as well as group training in using these resources. Trained librarians are available to answer your questions in person, by telephone or by e-mail. For after-hour service you can always try Ask Here Pa, a 24/7 reference service. You may contact us using one of the following:
Direct reference: 570-821-1959
For after-hour questions you can send an email or leave a phone message with your question and contact information and you will receive a response on the next business day.
Osterhout Free Library, A Member of the Luzerne Co. Library System
Central: 570-823-0156 | North: 570-822-4660 | Plains: 570-824-1862 | South: 570-823-5544