100 Seneca Street, Brownsville, Pennsylvania 15417, United States

(724) 785-7272

Welcome to Brownsville Free Public Library

About Us



Our Mission

The mission of the Brownsville Free Public Library is to freely provide quality materials and services which fulfill the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of Brownsville and its surrounding communities. To this end, the library provides a collection of textual, audiovisual, and electronic materials for genealogy and local history. The library is committed to providing practical access to all forms of information and anticipating future needs for library services.


Our History

In the late 1920s, upon the completion of the magnificent new building for the Monongahela National Bank at 46 Market Street, the former bank across the street was remodeled into a storeroom. Charles L. Snowden, for sometime, had felt the need for a library building in Brownsville. He had sought some low ground behind the building on the east side of the “neck” and had it filled in, making possible additional business space in the center of town.

On a lot adjoining the Charles Street Bridge, which he had built over Dunlap's Creek, he decided to erect a building to house a library. The front was adorned with two pink granite columns that were take from the remodeled banking room, and, cut in stone, across the front of the building are the words, "BROWNSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY."


Business Hours

Monday- 10:30-6:00pm
Tuesday-Friday- 9:30am-5:00pm

Sunday: Closed


100 Seneca St.
Brownsville, Pa. 15417

Holiday Closures:

BFPL will be closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, MLK Day, Presidents Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day,  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

WINTER WEATHER - Brownsville Free Public Library will close when the Brownsville Area School District closes due to inclement weather. Materials due on that date will be extended to the first day we reopen. BFPL may also close on Saturdays at the Director's discretion. 


Board of Directors 2019

MaryJo Barnhart            President                     Member-at-Large

Patty Redigan                Vice-President            Member-at-Large

Carrie Kromer                 Secretary                     Luzerne Twp. Rep.

Kasandra Ward              Treasurer                      Member-at-Large

Paul Synuria                                                    Brownsville Borough Rep.

James Pflugh                                                   West Brownsville Rep. 



Lori Barron- Director 

Jane Diethorn-  Library Clerk 

Carol Baniak-Library Clerk