The Carnegie Free Library of Midland is the second oldest public library in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Established in 1916, the library provides public services for all ages in an underprivileged, once-thriving steel town.
With the continued loss of funding and ever-increasing operational costs, the library is at risk of closing and is in critical need of funds in order to remain open. For example, we haved faced an 11% decrease in our income over the past ten years, while the cost of purchasing books has increased by 12%. Other necessary expenses, such as gas, water and electric, also increase regularly.
There are 4,684 patrons in our service area. If the library is forced to close, local residents would not only lose access to our collection, and those of other libraries, but also our 11 computers and WiFi.