The Womelsdorf Community Library was established by Resolution of the Womelsdorf Borough Council on Nov. 28th, 1978.

Founding Board Members were

  • Rebecca Rohrbach, President
  • Rozanne Meredith, Vice-President
  • Patricia Hetrick, Treasurer
  • Mary Moore, Recording Secretary
  • Anne Coffey, Corresponding Secretary

The library occupied the back room of the Borough Hall at 101 W. High St.

Womelsdorf Borough Hall


Library volunteers provided a Summer Reading Program and a Preschool Story Hour for the children of Womelsdorf.

The official opening occurred on March 3rd, 1980. The librarians during the first 20 years of operation were:

  • Kathy Rulapaugh (1980)
  • Patricia Hetrick (1980-1985 and 1986-1989)
  • Patricia Stover (1985-1986)
  • Geraldine Reed (Kramer) (1989-1998).

By the mid 1990s the library was in need of more space.


The Borough purchased the present building at 203 West High Street to house the library and the police dept.


The library moved into its present location in February 1996.

1998 In July 1998, the library joined the Berks County Public Library System. The system provided Womelsdorf patrons access to collections and services from all System Libraries. Computer, internet, FAX and Photocopying services were added. Strong growth in library circulation began.


Library Book Circulation (1999-2009)



The library was incorporated in 2000.


The Board of Directors established a Capital Campaign Committee to raise money for library expansion. The Board hired Lee Olsen and Larry Smith Architects to design the addition and renovation work needed. The Campaign was successful due to the generosity and work of MaryAnne and Brad Beamesderfer and many other contributors and supporters.


Construction began in December 2006 on the addition to the east side of the building (Phase 1).


The Opening Ceremony for the expanded library (Phase 1) was held on Sept 23rd, 2007.


Library activities were expanding, providing 282 programs for the public. The Summer Reading Program served 274 participants who read 20,700 books. Outreach programs were held for the Henner apartments and Bethany Children's Home. Collection size was 17,544.


Construction on the Restoration and Renovation Phase of the project (Phase 2) began in August 2010. It was estimated to last 9 months.


The Restoration and Renovation of the library (Phase 2) was completed in the spring of 2011. The project's success was due in large part to the hard work and financial support of Carolyn and Bruce Edwards, their family and friends. The Renovation Project was named in memory of their daughter Melissa a library volunteer and an avid reader.

Womelsdorf Community Library


To date the Capital Campaign has raised approximately $1.1 million dollars in grants and financial support from numerous organizations and individuals.