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There once was a county law library hidden in the basement of the courthouse, only open Monday through Friday, never in the evenings and never on weekends.

Luckily, that’s not the case of the Lycoming County Law Library, which has been housed in the James V. Brown Library since 2006. The law library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.

The law library is a Pennsylvania-based collection of print materials for attorneys and individuals, and offers in-library access to Westlaw for additional Pennsylvania and federal resources.

The library houses the current municipal ordinances for the county in print, and has digitized them for the library’s website.

In addition to the print resources and WestLaw, the library’s website at has a collection of pathfinders to get you started when researching an issue. Bankruptcy, divorce, living wills, restoration of driving privileges and more it’s all covered.

The Gale Legal Forms Library, also available through the library’s website to anyone with a Lycoming County library card, has Pennsylvania-specific “attorney forms,” approved forms actually used at law firms. Completed sample forms also are included.

Not an attorney? There’s a collection of books designed for the layperson and those of us who haven’t been to law school.

The library’s Information Services staff and legal librarian can help you find materials on specific topics, assist with using Westlaw and identify community resources that might aid in the resolution of an issue. If we don’t have it, either in print or online, we can find it usually within a business day. It’s just one way the library opens new doors to lifelong learning.

By law, the Information Services staff cannot interpret legal material, give legal advice, select forms or recommend language for use in legal documents.

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You might think that only the affluent leave gifts to charities in their wills, but they aren’t the only ones. Although the James V. Brown Library was founded by the bequest of one wealthy man, over the years, the library has benefited from all types of donors.

These gifts have bought books, helped construct and maintain the library’s buildings and increased the library’s endowment fund, which ensures the preservation of public library services in Williamsport for future generations.

A bequest is a gift that costs nothing in your lifetime, but can transform and improve your community long into the future. It can be cash, a life insurance policy, appreciated securities, retirement funds, real estate or tangible personal property.

Consider a gift to the library in your will to ensure that the library will champion the love of reading, open the doors to lifelong learning and be the place to be in Williamsport for future generations.

To learn more, call Robin Glossner, development director, at 570-326-0536.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library and its outreach services assist more than 219,000 patrons who come through its doors annually and online at for access to free materials, computers, classes, exhibitions, and programming for children, tweens, teens and adults. The James V. Brown Library is a partner in the statewide literacy initiative of PA Forward, helping libraries build communities one person at a time.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 24/7 at

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The James V. Brown Library’s annual fund drive begins this month. The library is hoping to increase the amount of local support raised for its programs and services.

“State and county aid are not growing,” said library director, Barbara McGary. “But the library continues to offer more programs and more electronic resources while continuing to lend books, DVDs and music to all.”

Hundreds of people come through the doors of the library every day.

People come to use the public computers, take advantage of the free Wi-Fi, borrow a book or movie and meet with others. They call for help with reference questions, come in to get a passport and download e-books and audio books.

“The truth is that libraries do so much more than lend books these days,” said development director Robin Glossner. “Far from being obsolete in the age of the Internet, libraries are on the front lines of making information accessible to all. We must look to our community to support the library.”

To help the library continue to champion the love of reading, open new doors to lifelong learning and provide a haven for those who seek, please give to the library’s annual fund today.

Give by returning the card received in the mail, sending a check to the library at 19 E. Fourth St. or by visiting

“Every dollar raised is important because it serves as a catalyst for change for people in our community,” McGary said. “When you support libraries and library services, you are supporting more than a place with books and technology. What you are really supporting are ideas and relationships.”