The Darby Library at 1001 Main St. in Darby from about 1905. The library is still in the same building which opened in 1872.
Before Radio, Tv., computers and cell phones, libraries were the place to go. Libraries were the place to go for information, research or just to meet and talk. Ben Franklin founded the first library in Pennsylvania in 1731 and the Darby Library Co. was founded 12 years later in 1743, On May 10, 1743 some 30 men met to organize the library and the first official meeting was held just 2 days later electing John Pearson as the first librarian. The men came from as far away as Ridley Twp to start the library. John Sketchley, step father of John Morton, was an original founder. The original books of the library from the 1740's the Darby Library still has on display. It cost three dollars a year to join the library. The problem was getting books for patrons to read. A list of 43 books was selected to start the library but there was no way to get the books in America. There were no businesses in America printing anything at the time and the books had to be bought an shipped from England. Darby Library board member, John Bartram, had a friend in London, England Peter Collinson. Collinson bought the books the library wanted and shipped them to them, something Collinson did for years. The first library building was at the home of the first librarian, John Pearson at 934 Main St. up until the mid 19th century the home of the library was in the home of the librarian were a room was set aside. The current library building at 1001 Main St. opened in 1872. The building a Darby Landmark needs help a lot of work to bring it up to date structurally. The Library is applying for several grants to get the work done, but that does not mean they will get them. The library is a 501[c]3 organization were donated money is tax deductible. Please take the time and help a Delaware Co. Landmark thru a rough time.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Established in 1743, the Darby Library Company has continually provided library service to Darby Community and beyond. It is a 501 c3 Corporation with the id number of 23-1396790.
PLEASE HELP PRESERVE THIS HISTORIC LIBRARY
The current home was built in 1866 and now needs major improvements.
· First and most important, the bricks are crumbling and bowing.
· It needs a new roof and better management for water runoff.
· Lighting needs to be up graded to LEDs.
We are constantly applying for Grants to solve the building’s problems but as of today, we have not been the recipient.
You can help in two ways:
Write a letter in support of the Library and its importance to you and the community. Letters can be sent to Darby@DelcoLibrary.org or mailed.
Donate towards our capital fund. Checks can be made out to the Darby Library 1001 Main St. Darby PA 19023
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!