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There is a wealth of free information available online when you use your Lebanon County library card! From our website, you can link to a great information source – POWER Library! (Click on the Power Logo to learn more.)
POWER Library has lots of databases that let you search for newspaper, magazine, and journal articles, auto repair info, art and music information, photographs, biographies, author information, business information, books available to borrow throughout Pennsylvania, health information, and a lot more! Check them out in the library or on your own computer at home – we are sure you’ll find something interesting!
What do you need?
1.Your library card barcode number.
2.A computer with Internet access
That’s it! Happy browsing!
Some of the databases included in POWER Library are: AP Images, Auto Repair Reference Center, Consumer Health Complete, BookFLIX, MasterFILE (general interest magazine and journal articles), Newspaper Source Plus (with newspapers like the New York Times), and SIRS Discoverer (for kids).
Beginning July 1, 2014, the library will subscribe to the Lebanon Daily News, Harrisburg Patriot-News, and New York Times in print. All other newspapers will be available online.
The library keeps back issues of all print newspapers for one month, with the exception of The Lebanon Daily News, which is kept for three months.
Obituary Newspaper Information
If you are looking for an obituary older than three months, please contact The Lebanon County Historical Society Library by calling 717-272-1473 or visiting their archives at 924 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, PA 17042 (please note there is a monetary fee involved for non-member research at this facility).
Please call for hours and resource availability before planning a visit to the Historical Society.
Ancestry Library Edition
A genealogy research database that is available at all of the Lebanon County Libraries. Note: This database is only available for use in the library.
The tree icons on the computer center computers will take you directly to the search page. Type in the names of your ancestors and any other info you have (year of birth, country, state, etc.) and it will bring up all the records that contain that information.
Ancestry Library Edition contains: U.S. Federal Census 1790-1930, U.K. Census Collection 1861-1901, U.S. Immigration Collection, Vital Records and Social Security Death Index, Military Collection, Major genealogy books, Over 700 historic and modern maps and Downloadable ancestral chart and research logs
For more genealogy information check out these websites:
Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites
Family Search Internet Genealogy Service
Find A Grave
A Barrel of Genealogy Links
U.S. National Archive & Records Administration
Native American Ancestry
Vital Records Information for the U.S.
Tax forms have begun to arrive. We have some state tax forms, and all forms will be made available as we receive them.
The IRS has informed us that the library will only receive limited quantities of the following:
The IRS does not plan to provide the library with more than one copy of Publication 17 (general rules for filing) and one set of reproducible forms and instructions. This means that customers will need to make copies or print out forms and instructions. The library’s standard charge for copies and printouts is 30 cents per page.
You can access all forms and instructions using the following links:
Federal Tax Forms Click to download forms or call 1-800-829-3676
Pennsylvania Tax Forms Click to download forms or call 1-888-728-2937
More information will be added here as we receive it.