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Susan Banks, Deupty Secretary and State Librarian

$4.12 Million in Keystone Grants Awarded 

I am very pleased to announce on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Education that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be awarding 21 municipalities in 15 counties with $4.12 million in Keystone grant funds to improve their local libraries.   The grants, ranging from a low of $13,480 to a high of $750,000, will help support significant library building improvements. 

Please join me in congratulating the following libraries:

County Municipality Project Library Award Brief Project Description
Allegheny Marshall Township Northland Public Library Authority $750,000 Replace main entrance for ADA; reconfigure lobby & service area.
Allegheny Munhall Borough Carnegie Library of Homestead $299,529 Accessibility, infrastructure, and safety system improvements.
Allegheny Oakmont Borough Oakmont Carnegie Library $173,475 HVAC system replacement.
Bedford West Providence Township Everett Free Library $43,253 Roof repair; add automatic doors; replace carpet.
Bucks Bucks County Bucks County Free Library – Doylestown Branch $539,660 Replace and upgrade roof.
Butler Evans City Borough Evans City Public Library Association $13,480 Roof work and entrance remodel.
Chester Malvern Borough Malvern Public Library $35,490 Upgrade lighting to LED.
Clearfield DuBois City DuBois Public Library $72,950 Replace AC system.
Clinton Lock Haven City Annie Halenbake Ross Library $82,800 Replace 3rd floor AC & climate control; install UV filters.
Crawford Linesville Borough Linesville Community Public Library $31,750 Replace siding & insulation; repair decking/stairs; add portico.
Delaware Concord Township Rachel Kohl Community Library $190,398 Renovate space to library use; add ADA doors.
Delaware Darby Borough Darby Library Co. $728,726 Add elevator; fix masonry & water issues.
Delaware Norwood Borough Norwood Public Library $14,811 Create ADA compliant entrance.
Delaware Radnor Township Radnor Memorial Library $47,000 Replace shingle portion of roof.
Delaware Yeadon Borough Yeadon Public Library $26,415 Replace windows and doors.
Erie Erie County Erie County Public Library $41,609 Create meeting room space; add security features.
Luzerne Wilkes-Barre City Osterhout Free Library $157,500 Roof repair; window and carpet replacement.
Mifflin Mifflin County Mifflin County Library $499,000 Replace elevator & entrance; upgrade restrooms; other interior upgrades.
Monroe Middle Smithfield Township Eastern Monroe Public Library $80,000 Install roof solar array.
Montgomery Whitpain Township Wissahickon Valley Public Library $182,623 Replace roof.
Schuylkill Pottsville City Pottsville Public Library $117,000 Replace roof and HVAC.

About the Keystone Grant Program 

The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund was established by an act of the General Assembly in 1993. The Department of Education, through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Bureau of Library Development, administers the public library portion of this program which is funded from a portion of the state’s realty transfer tax.

Grants pay up to 50 percent of eligible costs in planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries.  Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, new roof, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction.

A competitive grant application process is used to award matching facilities grants to municipalities that sponsor state-aided public libraries. To be eligible, the sponsoring municipality and the board of the state-aided library must jointly submit an application developed cooperatively by both entities and signed by their governing bodies. The Keystone grant requires a dollar-for-dollar match.

We anticipate opening the next round of Keystone grant opportunities in the summer of 2023.  

Susan Banks | Deputy Secretary, Commissioner for Libraries, and State Librarian
Pennsylvania Department of Education | Office of Commonwealth Libraries
333 Market St. | Harrisburg, PA  17126
Phone: 717-214-4046 | www.statelibrary.pa.gov

This communication is issued on the Deputy Secretary’s behalf by Carrie Cleary, Executive Assistant  (ccleary@pa.gov; 717-783-5725).

Please reference PDE’s Press Release at Shapiro Administration Awards More Than $4 Million in Keystone Grants to 21 Public Libraries (pa.gov)