Ritchie County Public Library
More than just books...
Main Library - Harrisville
Branch Library - Pennsboro
Main Library ~ Harrisville
411 Main Street
Pennsboro, WV 26415
Phone: 304.659.2197 FAX: 304.659.3698
608 East Main Street
Harrisville, WV 26362
Phone: 304.643.2717 FAX: 304.643.4019
Branch Library ~ Pennsboro
Where you can find more than just books!!
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 EVERY month until their fifth birthday.
All you need to do is follow the link by clicking on the image to the left and sign them up!
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
Toni Kay Meador
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
Books-By-Mail Coordinator: Diane Lamp
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Library Mission Statement
Toward A Brighter Future For All
eBooks & eAudiobooks
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The Ritchie County Public Libraries are closed effective immediately. We are unsure of a reopen date at this time. The health and safety of our staff and community is of our utmost concern.
There will be NO fines charged during this time period. We encourage you to use our e-materials. If you have not used Libby yet, we encourage you to do so.
Our aim is as always to serve our community as best we can. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will share any updates on Facebook.
If you have any questions, please send us a message on Facebook. We are not in the office daily at this time but will be checking messages and getting back to you.
Your library now has Hoopla digital available from home.
to create an account using your email address, library card number, and pin.
If you do not have a pin, you can set one up at:
and click on "My Account."
Once your account is set up you can access it through the web or the Hoopla app which is also available on Roku and other smart TVs.
Each month you have eight items available to check out. Movies and TV show episodes are available for three days while other materials are available for three weeks.
Junior Library Guild
The Junior Library Guild has just made its online reading platform free!
Looking for activities and resources to keep students engaged during this new-normal of school closures and social distancing?
With JLG Gold Standard eBooks for Elementary, Middle School and High school students, JLG Digital gives you and your readers unlimited access* to read books online from any device.
There is no limit to the number of users who can access the books, so tell your home-bound students to click to their hearts' content!
Titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available.
WVInfoDepot.org is an anywhere, anytime library you can access from your home PC or mobile device.
Find access to millions of magazine and newspaper articles, E-books and test preparation including
WV Info Depot
TumbleBooks has given us a FREE subscription during this difficult time. There are several available databases, which we are sharing below.
T U M B L E Book Library
There is a K-6 children's ebook database:
There is a K-6 math ebook database:
There is a Grades 7 - 12 e-book database:
There is an all ages audio database:
There is also a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd:
Thank you Tumble Books!!
Stuck at home? It's time for a great book or e-book from your library.
You didn't know your library has 1000s of ebooks and audiobooks available?
You can borrow them instantly, for free, using the device in your hand!!
Children's materials are also available.
Download the Libby app today!!
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It just takes a few seconds to sign up using your mobile number and start borrowing free digital titles.
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