PA Programs & Services

Professional staff in the Library Improvement Division offer advice and counsel to libraries throughout the state. They work with public, academic, school and special libraries, including libraries in state supported residential facilities such as prisons and mental hospitals. They advise librarians on a broad spectrum of topics including:

  • Developing and preserving library collections
  • Development of public library systems
  • Library services for rural areas
  • Library services for persons with disabilities
  • Library services for children and young adults
  • Library services for older adults
  • Roles of public library trustees and friends groups
  • Certification requirements for public libraries
  • Requirements for public libraries receiving state aid
  • Cooperation between public and school libraries

Library Improvement staff work closely with 29 public libraries designated as District Library Centers for specific geographic regions across the state. District Library Centers receive state funds to provide backup services for the local public libraries in their districts. These services include reference, interlibrary loan, continuing education, audiovisual services and public relations. Each District Library Center employs one or more consultant librarians to work with local libraries and to serve as a liaison to Commonwealth Libraries.

For more information, contact:

Pennsylvania Bureau of Library Development
717-783-5738
ra-libdev@state.pa.us