The Office of Commonwealth Libraries, within the Pennsylvania Department of Education, is charged with the development, improvement and coordination of library services and systems. Our offices provide statewide leadership in the development of libraries as information, enrichment and educational contributors to the economic development of the community and the enhanced quality of life of the citizenry. Within the Office of Commonwealth Libraries are two bureaus: The Bureau of the State Library and the Bureau of Library Development.
The State Library is one of the largest research libraries in the Commonwealth with holdings in almost every area of human concern and with a concentration of resources related to government and business. Information and materials from its collections and automated resources are provided to state government, state institutions and the general public. The State Library also provides rapid access to other library collections from around the state and the nation through the use of various on-line systems, networks and databases. State Library of Pennsylvania
The Bureau of Library Development coordinates and aids in supporting a network of state-aided local, district and statewide resource libraries established under the provisions of the Library Code. The Bureau coordinates continuing education to the broad library community and addresses the reading and literacy needs of children, young adults and their parents and special services to seniors and the visually and physically handicapped. The Bureau of Library Development provides support to libraries within state supported institutions, academic libraries, special libraries, and school libraries in public and non-public schools.
The Governor's Advisory Council on Library Development, established by the Library Code, offers advice and recommendations to the Governor, the Secretary of Education and the State Librarian in areas relating to general policies and operations of the State Library and the Commonwealth's library program. Council members represent library trustees, librarians and lay advocates. Members of the current Council are listed on the Office of Commonwealth Libraries' page under "More Information."