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Bureau of Library Development

Services and information for Pennsylvania libraries are coordinated by the Bureau of Library Development. The bureau works to strengthen and improve library service across the state. Pennsylvania libraries can get help from library development advisors, who travel widely to work with public, school, academic, special libraries, government officials, libraries and state institution libraries. Librarians, trustees, and others may attend Bureau-sponsored continuing education programs.

The Bureau administers the Access Pennsylvania Database, a catalog of the holdings of all types of libraries in Pennsylvania.

The Bureau of Library Development coordinates the POWER Library, a collection of databases of thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps and reference materials for people of all ages.

In addition, the Bureau administers more than $95 million in library subsidies and grants for improved services, technology, public library construction and networking among all types of libraries.


For additional information, please contact:

Dawson Brian | Director
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of Library Development
607 South Drive. Forum Building | Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600
Phone: 717.787.8007 | Fax: 717.772.0044 | TTY: 717.783.8445
bridawson@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us