Lackawanna College, Albright Memorial Library announce new collaborative partnership
SCRANTON, Pa. – Two of Lackawanna County’s most storied institutions announced today a new collaborative partnership that will benefit both organizations, as well as the City of Scranton, for years to come.
Lackawanna College and the Scranton Public Library have entered into a cooperative agreement to encourage greater student use of the Albright Library as well as providing access for the general public to the College’s library resources. A $1.4 million renovation project was completed over the summer, restoring the landmark to its former glory. The formal agreement was signed Dec. 18, 2014.
The Albright has long been a resource for students pursuing associate degrees and certificates at Lackawanna since the College purchased the former Scranton Central High School and renovated it into what is now known as Angeli Hall. The new partnership recognizes that history of shared use and actively encourages students to utilize the library’s space and resources in innovative ways to maximize their academic pursuits.
Completed in June 1893 at a cost of $125,000, the library stands on the site of the Albright Family homestead. John J. Albright built the library as a gift to the people of Scranton. Lackawanna College opened its doors as the Scranton Business College just one year later in 1894, with its first Scranton building located in the 300 block of North Washington Avenue.
Library Director Jack Finnerty stated, “A key function of the Albright Library is to support education at all levels. The opportunity to promote greater use of the Library’s robust resources, while at the same time providing public access to the digital and print collections of Lackawanna College, is a true win-win situation.”
“This collaboration is an opportunity for both of our institutions to build on each other’s strengths, creating an even more robust academic community in downtown Scranton that will remain easily accessible to all residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania as well as our students,” added Lackawanna College President Mark Volk.