Rachel Kohl Community Library

687 SMITHBRIDGE RD., GLEN MILLS, PA 19342 | 610.358.3445



The Rachel Kohl Community Library exists today largely because of the efforts of one remarkable woman who, seeing a need, dedicated herself wholeheartedly to the task of starting a library in western Delaware County. In 1950, Rachel Kohl and her family moved to Concord, a rural area with one small elementary school and no library.

“The closest libraries were either in West Chester, Wilmington, or Media and eventually everybody got tired of driving around for books,” said Rachel, a lifelong lover of books who worked as a medical records, church and public school librarian. “I thought it would be worthwhile to try and get a community library going that could help the school children with their work.”

By early 1979, volunteers amassed enough book to fill a small, vacant closet at the Concord Elementary School and the Community Township Library, as it was then known, officially opened for business.

In 1981, the library joined the newly formed Delaware County Library System and expanded from the original three communities of Concord, Bethel and Chester Heights to also include Chadds Ford and Thornbury.

The library was housed at the elementary schools for six years, moving from its original location to a 400 square foot classroom, which had been the former school library. As the community became more populated and as the school district grew, Rachel and the board identified the need for a building of their own. Erected in 1989, the Rachel Kohl Community Library was so named at the request of a benefactor who insisted to the trustees that the building be named in her honor for her persistent and dedicated work in identifying, outfitting and raising funds.


Board of Trustees

Bethel Township:

Robert Hayes {President}
Brian Doherty

Chadds Ford Township:

Chester Heights Borough:

Greg Chestnut {Treasurer}

Concord Township:

Susan Cotterall
Randy Ehman
Michele Iacono
Mary Alice Peeling

Thornbury Township:

Jean MacKenzie {Secretary}

Our Mission and Vision


M: The Rachel Kohl Community Library serves the communities of Bethel, Chadds Ford, Chester Heights, Concord and Thornbury with access to all of the Delaware County libraries. The library's mission is to celebrate the joys of reading, learning and leisure time by providing either directly, or to serve as a gateway, to a variety of informational, recreational and cultural resources.

V: The Rachel Kohl Community Library will serve as the primary community center for enriching the inter-generational learning and leisure of all area residents.

Library Policies

A complete list of library policies can be viewed here.

Board of Trustees Meetings

Meetings are held in the Rachel Kohl Community Library on the 4th Monday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Public meetings begin at 7:00 pm.  Meeting dates may be changed or cancelled upon advanced public notice of no less than 3 days.

Click here for a list of meeting minutes.



2017 Meeting Dates:

  • January 23rd      
  • February 27th
  • March 27th
  • April 24th
  • May 22nd
  • June 26th
  • July 24th
  • August 28th
  • September 25th
  • October 23rd
  • November 27th
  • December 18th*

*Third Monday