The Bishop Memorial Library

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In 1971, the Society purchased what was to become the Bishop Memorial Library, through the bequest of Elma C. and Bessie Bishop. The building, designed by architect Willis O. Hale and constructed in 1875, was the former residence of Mrs. Volney Maxwell, and currently houses the Society’s library and archives collections as well as the Society’s offices.

Contact Information

Mailing address: 49 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

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Phone number: (570) 823-6244
Fax: (570) 823-9011

Hours of Operation, Fees

The Library is open to the public, Wednesday and Friday from Noon to 5:00pm, Thursday from Noon to 6:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  We are closed on some holiday weekends (New Year's, Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas).

Members of the Society can utilize the Library’s resources without charge.  A $5 daily usage fee is required of all non-members; $3 for students; $1 for students participating in National History Day.  Photocopies and microfilm copies are available for $0.25 per page. 

Click here for a list of guidelines to help you plan your visit to the Library.

Click here to view the complete list of library resources.

Click here to view our research policy.


From Interstate 81, take exit 170B, onto the North Cross Valley Expressway (Route 309).  Take exit 3 and make a left onto River Street.  Travel through approximately seven stop lights and turn left onto Northampton Street.  Make first left onto Franklin Street. The Bishop Library is half-way up the block on the left, next to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.  Meter parking is available along South Franklin and nearby streets, as well as the public parking garage directly across the street at Boscov’s Department Store.

Business Members

Thank You to our Business Members for their support!