About Us


Michael Benedum founded the library in 1956 and supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The City of Bridgeport began providing financial support for the library in the mid-1970s. The library was located on the top floor of the Benedum Civic Center on Main Street. In 1994 the citizens and businesses of Bridgeport raised over 1.3 million dollars in order to purchase and renovate the Allstate Insurance building on Johnson Avenue. It then became the Bridgeport Public Library.

The Bridgeport Public Library, a department of the City of Bridgeport, is administered by a five member Library Board appointed by City Council. The library receives the bulk of its financing from the City of Bridgeport. Additional funding is provided by the State of West Virginia, the Harrison County Commission and the Harrison County School Board.

Obtaining a Library Card:

Individuals must provide a photo ID and proof of address. Those under the age of sixteen are required to have a parent or guardian register as the party responsible for all loans. The first library card is free and replacements are $1.00.

New Patron Circulation Policy: 

New patrons are permitted to check out five items, one of which may be a DVD or Blu-Ray.

Circulation Policy:

Bridgeport Public Library card holders may check out up to 35 items, ten of which may be DVDs or Blu-Rays for patrons over the age of eighteen. Please have your library card ready at the circulation desk. Initial loans are fourteen days in length. Items without holds can be renewed twice, extending the borrowing time to six weeks. Fines over $5.00 must be paid before more items can be borrowed.

Overdue Charges:

Fines for books, audiobooks, and CDs are $0.10 per day with a maximum charge of $5.00 per overdue item. Fines for DVDs and Blu-Rays are $1.00 per day with a maximum charge of $50.00. Fines may be paid with cash or check at the circulation desk.

Renewal Policy:

DVDs, Blu-Rays, and items on hold for other patrons are not eligible for renewal. All other items may be renewed twice, equaling a checkout period of six weeks. Renewals may be done by calling the library or online.

Item Replacement Policy:

Patrons are responsible for the replacement of lost or damaged items.

Computer Use and Printing Charges:

Computers with internet access are available for personal use only for one hour of use per day. Printing is available for only $0.10 for black and white and $0.50 for color pages. You may also bring your own computer or other device and access the library’s Wi-Fi. City of Bridgeport provided firewalls prevent access to unsuitable websites. 

Fax Charges:

Faxes may be sent and received for $1.00 per page. Coversheets are available free of charge. 304-842-9387 is the library’s fax number.

Credit Card Use Policy:

The Bridgeport Public Library Board recognizes the importance that proper controls are in place to protect the security of our customers and business by enforcing internal and external controls on processing of credit card transactions. In light of this concern, the Library has made every effort to comply with the requirements of the PCI to limit potential security card issues by participating in TLC's third party authorization program. A third party vendor provides access to patrons to pay for fines and fees with their credit card. No credit card number is retained within the automation system; all transactions are handled by Authorize.Net, the third party vendor. Library employees do not handle credit cards at any time. Only individual patrons can access the third party vendor from their password protected accounts.  The library does not refund fines.  If there is a question about charges please contact the Circulation Manager, selzner@bridgeportwv.com.

Social Media Policy:

Any social website used is for discussion purposes only and does not represent the official views of the Bridgeport Public Library and/or the City of Bridgeport. Any views expressed on that website are those of the individual post author only. The Bridgeport Public Library/City of Bridgeport accepts no liability for the content of this site and is not responsible for any content not under its control.


The library has limited storage space and therefore limits its donation intake to one bag or box per person at a time. Donations are accepted in larger quantities near scheduled book sales, typically in June and October. The library never accepts textbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias.


Email the library at library@bridgeportwv.com or call 304-842-8248.