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Main Library - Harrisville
Branch Library - Pennsboro

Main Library - Harrisville


411 Main Street
Pennsboro, WV 26415
Phone: 304.659.2197 FAX: 304.659.3698
Email: ritchiecountylibrary@gmail.com
Monday 9 am - 8 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9 am - Noon
Thursday 9 am - 8 pm
Friday 9 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9 am - 2 pm
608 East Main Street
Harrisville, WV 26362
Phone: 304.643.2717 FAX: 304.643.4019
Email: ritchiecountylibrary@gmail.com

Branch Library - Pennsboro

Monday 9 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 8 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 9 am - Noon
Friday 9 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9 am - 2 pm
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Ritchie County
Public Library
Where you can find more than just books!!
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Fall Story Hour
Join in the reading fun during our Fall Story Hour Tuesdays at 11 am at the Main Library, Harrisville.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Are you a Ritchie County resident with children under the age of five? This message is for you. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is back in Ritchie County thanks to funding from the Board of Education. This means your children can receive a FREE book
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Audio Books
E-Audio Books
Book Club
Summer Reading
Story Hour
Library Tours
Class Visits

Library Services

Free Notary Service
Free WiFi Access
Public Computers
Conference Rooms
Reading Lounge & Areas
WV History / Genealogy

From U.S. Route 50:

Total 4.8 miles.

Take WV Route 16 South to Harrisville. Straight through the only traffic light. Straight through the intersection with N. & S. Stout Street, second building on the left.
From Intersection of U.S. Route 50 & WV Route 74:

Total 1.3 miles.

Take WV Route 74 South. Turn left onto East Myles Avenue at the first stop sign. Turn right onto Main Street. Turn Left onto Masonic Avenue. Turn right onto Broadway Street. Turn right onto Collins Avenue. Turn left onto Main Street. Library is immediately on the right. WV Route 74 travels this same route.

History of the Library

The first official library in Ritchie County was established by the Harrisville Women's Club and the first county library board was organized December 3, 1949. The county library, along with Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Jackson, Roane and Wirt counties, in 1963, became a member of Alpha Regional Library System. This membership brought State funding and professional expertise and guidance to the small rural libraries.

In 1965, the library was moved from its cramped quarters on Spring Street to Court Street, Harrisville. For a period of time there was a bookmobile, which traveled to various locations throughout the county. With the rise in cost of maintenance and gas, the bookmobile was abandoned and Books-By-Mail service began and continues to this day.

The Pennsboro Library opened to the public Sunday, January 15, 1984 for an open house and began regular operation in June of 1984. It is located in what previously served as the McCullough Funeral Home. The property was purchased and remodeled with funds from the federal Jobs Bill, West Virginia Library Commission grant monies, the City of Pennsboro and the Ritchie County Commission. Dottie Perkins was the first branch librarian.

The Main Library moved for the second time in December 2009 from Court Street, to it's present location at 608 East Main Street, Harrisville. The new Main Library is over 14,000 square feet and is housed in the former Ritchie Furniture store.

Ritchie County has access to a library six days a week at both the Main Library, at Harrisville, and the Branch Library, at Pennsboro.

Current Board Members

President: Robert Webber
Vice President: Sandra Harper
Treasurer: Kathy Buck

Main Library Staff

Director: Emilee J. Seese

Assistant Director: Thresa Prunty

Library Assistant: Diane Lamp

Outreach Coordinator: Diana Ritter

Branch Library Staff

Branch Manager: Connie Frederick-Williams

Library Assistant: Pamela McCullough
Toni Kay Meador
Steve Worden

Books-By-Mail Staff

Books-By-Mail Coordinator: Diane Lamp

Directions to Main Library

Directions to Main Library

EVERY month until their fifth birthday. All you need to do is follow the image to the right and sign them up: