In December 2017, the newly renovated Coyle Free Library reopened to the public at 102 North Main Street in downtown Chambersburg. The $5.5 million renovation transformed Coyle into one of the most unique public buildings in Chambersburg, renewing its function as a pillar of Chambersburg’s downtown community. Blending old and new, tradition and technology, Coyle Free Library is an inviting, useful, and accessible 21st century library, ready to meet the needs of Chambersburg’s growing and diverse population.
Coyle Free Library offers 29,000 square feet of renovated space, including a brightened and expanded children’s library, a new theater, and an eco-friendly green roof with rooftop garden. Meeting rooms are available for groups of 4 to 80 people. Coyle’s technologies and services have been upgraded to match its structural renovations. Coyle maintains 75,000 print and 5,000 electronic holdings, with new book, magazine, and audio-visual resources constantly being added into circulation. Laptops are available via vending machine, accessed with patrons’ library cards. Laptops can be used anywhere in the building accessing the library’s free Wi-Fi. Coyle also invites patrons to create and edit their own audio and video productions with a Creation Station studio outfitted with green screen technology and recording equipment. The Franklin County Literacy Council has found a new home at Coyle. The Literacy Council has taken advantage of the available rental space on the Lower Level of the building and Coyle is excited about the partnership with an organization that shares a common vision for the local community. Finally, the Butcher Shoppe Micro Market at the Coyle Free Library is now open! Find a selection of your favorite salad, soup, and sandwich items from The Butcher Shoppe, as well cold drinks, Big Oak coffee and iced-tea, pastries, original recipe snacks, and traditional vending items.
Coyle Free Library’s renovation is a financial and cultural reinvestment in downtown Chambersburg. Coyle is committed to providing access to knowledge and information, as traditional libraries do, and also to enhancing patron well-being through its meeting and performance spaces, new technologies, enhanced programming and activities, and a growing number of community partnerships. Far more than collections of books, libraries provide places to meet, connect, explore, learn, and grow.
The $5.5 million renovation and expansion of Coyle Free Library depended on $2.5 million of donations from its patrons and community members. Coyle has made substantial progress toward that goal, but it’s not there yet. The Coyle Free Library continues to need your financial support.