Our Library

Our library is on the shelves in the meeting house entry area and the hallway to the small meeting rooms.

A catalog of our books and other items is on LibraryThing.com. You can find it at https://www.librarycat.org/lib/olyfriends.

Many search options are available with the catalog. For example, try entering one or a few keywords in the box marked “Search this library.” You can also search by title or author.

Organization of the Library

The library collection is organized into 13 categories identified by colored spine labels and by section on the library shelves.

  • Bible Study Aids — light blue
  • Biography & Writings — neon yellow
  • Children & Youth — bright pink
  • Education — light pink
  • Fiction — bright pink
  • Meeting Nuts & Bolts — white
  • Nonviolence & Peace — bright orange
  • Poetry — light pink
  • Quaker History — green
  • Sacred Writings — black
  • Social Justice — fuschia
  • Spirituality — dark blue
  • Theology & Philosophy — neon green

In addition, there are three special collections:

  • Reference — items that can only be used in the meetinghouse because we want them available for quick lookups or because they are rare or fragile.
  • Seekers — items that can be loaned out to newcomers interested in learning about Quakerism.
    These items are duplicated in the regular collection and although we expect them to be returned, we understand that they may not be.
  • Classroom Bibles — a set of Bibles for study groups. These Bibles are not in the catalog.


  • The Library and its materials are maintained by the Library Committee.
  • Each item in the library catalog has an item tag with an unique identification number.
  • The library’s collection of Pendle Hill pamphlets is not currently entered into the online catalog. Many of the pamphlets are available for viewing online at http://www.quaker.org/pamphlets/PendleHill.html. An online index from 1934-2012 is available at http://www.pendlehill.org/pendle-hillpamphlets-index and a printed index of the pamphlets published from 1934 -1996 is available in the library.

Borrowing procedure for items in the library catalog

  • Everyone in the Meeting’s directory has been added as a patron in the catalog and assigned a barcode/patron ID and a password. You can get your barcode and password from a member of the library committee.
  • To borrow an item from the library:
    • Find your book.
    • Enter its barcode (on upper right corner of book) into the “Search the library” field. Press search.
    • Click the Checkout button.
    • Enter your barcode and password.

Borrowing Procedure for Pendle Hill Pamphlets
Each pamphlet has a pocket card. Remove this card and enter your name and phone number and put the card in the borrower’s box.

Return Procedure
Place all returned items in the return box. This box is between the front doors and the hallway. The Library Committee will check the items in and shelve them.

Checkout period: Materials, except references, may be signed out of the meeting’s library for a period of three weeks. On request, items may be renewed once for an additional three weeks.

Lost Materials
If an item is either lost or not returned, the meeting will ask that a replacement
fee be paid to the meeting. The fee will be the replacement cost of the item; if the replacement cost cannot be determined, fees will be assessed as follows:

  • hardcovers: $30.00
  • paperbacks: $15.00
  • pamphlets: $5.00

Duties of the Library Committee
The Library Committee maintains the Meeting’s collection of books and other materials (Pendle Hill pamphlets, magazines, newsletters, etc.) and oversees circulation and shelving of the collection. Specifically, the committee:

  • Enters new items in the catalog and prepares them for circulation
  • Maintains an online catalog of library holdings
  • Adds new patrons
  • Oversees the circulation of items, sending out regular reminders of items that have been checked out and due dates
  • Attempts to retrieve or arrange for replacement of books that have been charged out longer than the agreed-upon loan period
  • Orders new items
  • Conducts periodic inventories of the collection
  • Makes determinations of items which should be discarded from the collection
  • Keeps the library shelves in order
  • Promotes the collection through displays, reviews, reading lists, etc.
  • Accounts for expenditures from the library budget
  • Prepares regular committee reports

Revised 10/07/2017