Delmar Public Library


101 N. Bi-State Boulevard / Temporary Location: 38481 Sussex Highway
Delmar, DE 19940

Phone Number: 

(302) 846-9894


(302) 846-3408

Hours of Operation: 

Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., / Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., / Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Sunday CLOSED


Susan Upole

History and Information: 


In 1940, the New Century Club, under the leadership of President Mrs. Samuel M. Ellis, recognized the need for a public library facility. The Club enlisted local community support for the project and gained the approval of the Delaware State Library Commission. The Delmar Public Library was formally organized with its first Board of Trustees and was dedicated on April 24, 1940. That first library site was a tiny room, only 12 feet by 15 feet and was located in the Marvel Building on Grove Street.

Very quickly the small room proved inadequate and an adjoining room was acquired, which more than doubled the original space. For the next 30 years, this was the home of the Delmar Public Library.

Then in 1970, when St. Stephen's United Methodist Church opened its community center building at 105 East State Street, the library moved into more spacious quarters. The library claimed 1,836 square feet of space and seating for 27 patrons. The library also increased its hours of service to 46 hours per week.

The current Delmar Public Library facility was built in 1982 as a memorial to the late Delmar resident, Lyndall C. Hayman, his wife, Virginia, and his son, Robert. Mr. Hayman's will stipulated that a trust fund be established to provide income for the local library. It was his fondest hope that a library building would eventually be constructed. Additions to the library were dedicated on April 29, 1990. These additions include an expanded reference area, a new children's room, and the Hayman Meeting Room.

2015 marks the 75th anniversary of library service in the Town of Delmar. To mark this anniversary, and to culminate nearly a decade of planning, the Library will begin construction and renovation of the building at 101 N BiState Blvd., to grow the Library once again.

Key Individuals

The current Delmar Public Library facility was built as a memorial to the late Delmar resident, Lyndall C. Hayman, his wife, Virginia, and his son, Robert.

Lifelong Delmar resident Grover LeCates also provided a trust account for the Library, with provisions that the annual income be used as the Library’s Board of Commissioners deem necessary. Mr. LeCates’ collection of four hand-carved locomotive engines are on display in the library as a testament to his talents and his memory.