Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library

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Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library

EIN: 23-1381450


Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, a gateway to lifelong learning, provides convenient access to resources that inform, educate, entertain, and enrich people's lives.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Karen DeAngelo

Main address

1001 Powell St

Norristown, PA 19401 USA

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Subject area info


Adult literacy

Computer literacy


Public libraries

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Population served info

Children and youth



NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

#1 / Create an exceptional library experience #2 / Expand public engagement #3 / Nurture community connections #4 / Achieve organizational excellence

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Public Library Services and Programs

The Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library provides library materials, services, and programs to the general public in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

The Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library is organized for the purpose of maintaining a free public, non-sectarian library for residents of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Library functions as the source of materials and services for all citizens of Montgomery County to meet their lifetime needs for information, education and recreation. All citizens are offered access to a diverse collection of materials and expert assistance in a welcoming environment. The Library supports local libraries in Montgomery County and acts as an essential link in the global network of library resources. The Library also provides management services for four Branch libraries and operates three Bookmobiles.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Public Library Services and Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Total program attendance at all locations by calendar year.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Focus Area 1: Create an exceptional library experience
Goal 1.1 Foster a culture of inclusivity, reflective of the community's composition
Goal 1.2 Provide library collections to meet the needs of the library community members
Goal 1.3 Provide state-of-the-art technology for use by staff and the public
Goal 1.4 Provide safety and security for patrons and staff
Goal 1.5 Provide excellent customer service
Goal 1.6 Provide exceptional library facilities for the publicStar and Foundation Center.

Focus Area 2: Expand public engagement
Goal 2.1 Increase awareness through marketing and public relations
Goal 2.2 Increase use by teens and young adults
Goal 2.3 Increase use by children
Goal 2.4 Increase use by adults
Goal 2.5 Increase use by older adults/seniors

Focus Area 3: Nurture community connections
Goal 3.1 Sustain and further develop community partnerships
Goal 3.2 Outreach- Provide library services outside of library walls

Focus Area 4: Achieve organizational excellence
Goal 4.1 Secure the necessary financial resources for the operation of the library and manage them in a responsible manner
Goal 4.2 Employ and retain qualified personnel
Goal 4.3 Board development
Goal 4.4 Clarify the relationships between the main library and the four branch libraries
Goal 4.5 Maintain and regularly update a comprehensive set of library policies

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Financial Statements
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.64 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 25% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $376,626 $410,042 $1,079,789 $779,426 $634,971
As % of expenses 8.7% 9.3% 25.2% 18.0% 13.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$30,119 $3,704 $675,556 $368,926 $222,104
As % of expenses -0.6% 0.1% 14.4% 7.8% 4.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,695,276 $4,806,620 $5,360,300 $5,116,370 $5,268,553
Total revenue, % change over prior year -3.8% 2.4% 11.5% -4.6% 3.0%
Program services revenue 4.4% 4.4% 2.6% 2.7% 2.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.7% 0.8% 0.6% 0.5% 0.7%
Government grants 92.0% 91.8% 94.7% 94.9% 93.3%
All other grants and contributions 2.9% 3.0% 2.1% 1.9% 2.4%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $4,318,650 $4,396,578 $4,280,511 $4,336,944 $4,633,582
Total expenses, % change over prior year 2.1% 1.8% -2.6% 1.3% 6.8%
Personnel 78.6% 78.3% 81.4% 77.3% 79.2%
Professional fees 1.1% 1.1% 1.1% 1.2% 1.2%
Occupancy 6.2% 6.7% 5.5% 6.8% 6.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 14.1% 14.0% 12.0% 14.7% 13.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $4,725,395 $4,802,916 $4,684,744 $4,747,444 $5,046,449
One month of savings $359,888 $366,382 $356,709 $361,412 $386,132
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $471,233
Total full costs (estimated) $5,085,283 $5,169,298 $5,041,453 $5,108,856 $5,903,814

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 6.9 7.1 10.3 10.5 10.0
Months of cash and investments 6.9 7.1 10.3 10.5 10.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.7 5.7 7.8 8.8 8.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $2,499,247 $2,601,499 $3,690,143 $3,790,941 $3,880,149
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $31,618 $16,311 $23,954 $15,048 $48,548
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $9,767,378 $10,143,076 $10,512,914 $10,883,644 $11,213,437
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 89.5% 90.2% 90.7% 91.3% 91.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 14.6% 14.9% 20.3% 13.2% 12.1%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $3,084,309 $3,088,013 $3,763,569 $4,132,495 $4,354,599

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Karen DeAngelo

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Cathyann Sweeney

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/27/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/15/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.