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:

Jennifer Panaro       {Co-Treasurer}

Chester Heights Borough:

Greg Chestnut         {Co-Treasurer}

Concord Township:

Randy Ehman
Brenda Orso
Mary Alice Peeling Saleem Shaik

Thornbury Township:

Jean MacKenzie {Secretary}

Our Mission and Vision


M: The Rachel Kohl Community Library enhances the quality of life in our communities by providing the resources and services for life-long learning and enjoyment; the space and opportunity to gather and connect; and an environment that fosters a love of learning.

V: The Rachel Kohl Community Library will become a highly utilized, sustainable community resource, serving as the primary center in our five-municipality region for enrichment, learning, information gathering, research and leisure activities among all generations.

As approved by the Board of Trustees on 10/23/2017.

View the library's strategic plan here.

Library Policies

A complete list of library policies can be viewed here.

Financial Information 

The library's financial information 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 6:30 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.



2018 Meeting Dates:

  • January 22nd

  • February 26th

  • March 26th

  • April 23rd

  • May 21st*

  • June 25th

  • July 23rd

  • August 27th

  • No Board of Trustees meeting in September

  • October 22nd

  • November 26th

  • December 17th*

*Third Monday