The Prospect Area Library has a lot more to offer than you might imagine. Take a look!

Getting your library card: 

A library card is free to Butler County residents with proper identification. Your card is permanent and must be renewed each year. It entitles you to borrow materials from any of the 10 libraries within the Butler County Federated Library System.

Using your library card:

You must present your card to check out materials. You may have any combination of 25 items checked out at one time, including:

  • Books, books on CD, and music CDs - 2 weeks ($0.25 per day if overdue)

  • New bestsellers and magazines - 2 weeks  ($0.25 per day if overdue)

  • DVDs - 3 days ($1 per day if overdue)


Public Computers:

The Prospect Community Library has four computers available for public use. Our computers have high speed Internet access and Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher.  Free Wi-Fi is also available.


Additionally we provide other services like faxing, copying and we even sell dog licenses. Ask about all our service offerings


For more information on our

services, call 724-865-9718

or stop by today!



  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

  • A parent or legal guardian’s signature is required for anyone under 18 years of age.

  • Proper identification is a driver’s license with current address OR two other forms of identification with current address, such as a recent utility bill, Pennsylvania identification card, or a bank statement.

  • Lost or destroyed cards may be replaced at a cost of $2.50.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If we don’t have the item you are looking for, we may still be able to get it for you through interlibrary loan (ILL). Search our catalog to see if we have it. If not, see if it is owned by any of the other libraries in the county. If they do, please see the front desk to ask for a hold on the item. If not, you may request the item from outside the county.  This must be done by library personnel, but you may check for availability here.


Brand new items CANNOT be ordered through interlibrary loan. Ask us at the front desk when the item you’re interested in will be available.

In County:

  • These usually take one to two days, except during weekends or holidays

  • You will be called when the item arrives and will have three days for materials to be picked up

  • Videos are only held for one day

  • These items will be held at the circulation desk

  • Our usual renewal and late fee policies apply

  • Items may be returned at the front desk, the drop box, or at any BCFLS library

Out of County:

  • Patrons may request up to three items through interlibrary loan

  • Items take an average of two weeks to arrive

  • You will be called when the item arrives and it will be held at the front desk for three days

  • Items CAN’T be renewed AND late fees are $1/day

  • Borrowing is jeopardized by tardiness

  • Items must be returned to the front desk

  • Donations for this service are not mandatory, but always welcome

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