Who We Are

The Bradford Area Public Library's service area includes the City of Bradford, Bradford, Corydon, Foster, and Lafayette Townships, and the Borough of Lewis Run. Our fully accessible facility, located on state route 346, was built in 1991. Our services, programs and dedicated staff continue to honor the promise engraved over the entrance to Bradford's original 1901 Carnegie Library motto: We remain "Free to the People".

Bradford Area Public Library (BAPL) is part of the Seneca Library District (seventeen member libraries in the counties of Cameron, Elk, Forest, McKean, and Warren). 

The Seneca Library District

The public libraries of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are divided among 29 geographic regions called districts. The Seneca District, named for the historic home of the Native American Seneca tribes, is located in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

As a part of the Seneca system, BAPL coordinates with the District Center Library, Warren Public Library, which provides services to all member libraries, including counsel, training, reference and information service, Interlibrary loan and delivery service.  Warren Public Library also acts as a liaison between the District and Commonwealth Libraries and is spearheading an effort for Seneca District libraries to offer E-Books in affordable ways, through OverDrive (a digital media service provider).  In late 2011, BAPL was elected to join this shared-cost E-Books' initiative. 

Today, BAPL houses a collection of 48,000+ volumes and provides public meeting space, Wednesday and Friday preschool story hours, a summer reading program, public access to computers with free Wi-Fi.   BAPL also participates in the One Screen McKean county-wide cooperative materials database (a unified catalogue of materials in all five McKean County public libraries).

Library Hours

Mon. & Wed. 10 - 7
Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10 - 5


Bradford Area
Public Library

67 West Washington St
Bradford PA 16701-1234
Phone: 814-362-6527

Mission: To provide the resources to inform, educate and enrich our community in a way that demonstrates:
  • Literacy
  • Equal access and diversity
  • Life-long learning
  • Fiscal responsibility and integrity
  • BAPL's rich heritage

Vision: To be a recognized premier library in service to our community.