Several years ago we got a grant to cover a state sponsored study
to determine what our county required of a library for the years
ahead. The survey called for a building of at least 20,000 square
feet on at least 3 acres of land. Diligent searching failed to
turn up a suitable building to renovate or an appropriate site
Fortunately, the Montrose Area Board of Education, recognizing
the advantages of having the library near the High School, offered
to donate a 3.3 acre site on the High School Road. After exploring
various architectural styles and visiting numerous libraries of
similar scale that had been built in recent years, the board commissioned
architect Thomas Horlacher to design the new headquarters for
the Susquehanna County Library.
The new building will blend in with its surroundings, it will
be efficient to operate and maintain, and will have 65 to 70 parking
spaces. "Green" building techniques including efficient
heating and cooling systems will be implemented wherever possible.
Most important, we will replace the failing infrastructure of
the existing Library with a truly useful, fully equipped space
for all the residents of Susquehanna County to use free of charge.
The new location
Here is where the new library will be located. This map shows
the town of Montrose growing beyond its capacity to accommodate
additional construction in the mature town center. The ongoing
revitalization of the downtown (including the establishment of
a fine small museum on the Green) coupled with the addition of
new facilities including the new Library along the Route 706 corridor
will make Montrose a destination for residents of the entire county
and surrounding area.