About Schlow

Photo of the library from Allen Street
211 S Allen St / State College, PA

Schlow is proud to serve the residents of State College Borough and College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris, and Patton Townships!

  • All Centre County residents can use Schlow, the Centre of Reading and Learning, with free library cards available from any public library in the County.
  • Browse or check out our 150,000 items, available at either Schlow or online.
  • Our staff serves patrons more than 1,000,000 times a year through visits, checkouts, programs and many other services.​
  • Schlow was named after prominent local businessman Charles Schlow, who in 1957 donated space in a West College Ave. house for the original Library.
  • Schlow is pronounced with a hard 'sk' sound and rhymes with glow!
Photo looking up at the underside of the Schlow cupola, showing the cardinal directions, and which way the wind is blowing.

The Centre of Reading and Learning

We value community, diversity, excellence, integrity and innovation.

The Schlow Library Management Team

  • Lisa Rives Collens, Library Director
  • Paula Bannon, Head of Children's Services
  • Maria Burchill, Head of Adult & Teen Services
  • Brady Clemens, District Library Consultant
  • Ben Drain​, Head of Patron Services
  • DJ Lilly, Office Manager
  • Nathaniel Rasmussen, Head of Information Technology Services
  • Diane Schmidt, Head of Technical & Volunteer Services​

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Central PA Library District

Supporting the public libraries in Centre, Clearfield, Juniata, and Mifflin counties.

The Schlow Board of Trustees

Schlow Library is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees appointed by the municipal governments in the Centre Region.

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Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

The Board of Trustees monthly meeting is typically held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm in Schlow's Downsbrough Community Room with a remote option. The public is welcome to attend.

Please contact Office Manager DJ Lilly at 814.237.6236 *210 or djlilly@schlowlibrary.org to confirm specific meeting dates and logistics. Notification of changes will be printed in the Centre Daily Times.

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Current Board of Trustees

  • Casey McClain, President - Patton Township
  • Barbara Ziff, Vice President - Ferguson Township
  • Linda Trevino, Secretary - Patton Township
  • Kimberly Fragola, Treasurer - College Township
  • Robin Barton - State College Borough
  • Naila Basa - State College Borough
  • Sharon Rovansek - Halfmoon Township
  • Sue Traynor - Harris Township
  • Sue Werner - Ferguson Township