COVID-19 Library Temporary Closure Information

Closed for Routine, In-Person Public Library Services


Dear Community:

Consistent with the Governor's efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus the Office of Commonwealth Libraries instructs libraries to close for routine, public library services beginning on Saturday, March 14 and remain closed indefinitely, a period in alignment with school closures.

Any items that need to be returned may be dropped off through the drop box by the main door of the library.

Items may also be renewed online at

Updates on our upcoming schedule will be posted when more information is readily available.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

- GMPL Staff


About Us

Our History

In 1954, the Beth El Congregation donated their synagogue to the community. The same year the Masontown Community Center started a drive to raise funds to repair and remodel the building and to establish a public library there. However, it was not until 1962 when Leroy Erhard, Jr. became president of the Masontown Community Center that plans for the library began to materialize.

In December 1964 the board consulted with Mr. Norman Lyon, head librarian of Citizens Library of Washington, Pennsylvania, who advised them to apply for a state grant. The board then went to the Masontown Borough Council and the German Township Board of Education to ask for their support. The state grant for 60,275.00 was approved and the borough and the township signed a contract providing for the support of the library.

         Thus, the library came into existence. 

Our Mission

The mission of the German-Masontown Public Library is to serve the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of all residents of German Township, Mason Borough, and the Albert Gallatin Area School District community by providing access to a professional staff, a safe and up-to-date facility, and quality materials, programs and services. We strive to meet the community’s need for information and to provide answers to questions on a broad array of topics related to school, work and personal life.



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