Institutions of Higher Education Now Eligible for POWER Library E-Resources | Compendium
Glenn R. Miller

Glenn Miller, Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries


** This offer to Institutions of Higher Education will be suspended until contract issues regarding the addition of academic libraries to POWER Library are resolved. Please contact HSLC with any questions

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) is pleased to announce that institutions of higher education may now obtain IP-authenticated access to all the e-resources provided in POWER Library.Previously, these institutions were only eligible for IP-authenticated access to content that was owned (i.e. not a subscription service) by OCL.  Beginning January 1, 2019, institutions of higher education may pay the POWER Library annual technology support fee of $295 for IP-authenticated access to 21 additional e-resources.

The e-resources in POWER Library include titles such as:

  • Academic OneFile – Provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources.
  • Business Insights: Essentials – Provides in-depth information on U.S. businesses, industries, and products.
  • Contemporary Authors – Provides biographical and bibliographical information on more than 160,000 authors.
  • GREENR – An interdisciplinary resource supporting sustainability and environmental studies.
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center – Provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.
  • Informe Académico – Provides Spanish-speaking users with a wide range of full-text Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines both from and about Latin America.
  • LitFinder – Provide access to a wealth of literary works and secondary-source materials covering world literature and authors throughout history. Including more than 132,000 full-text poems and 670,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.

A complete list of POWER Library e-resources is available at

POWER Library Digital Repository Available at No Additional Cost
An additional benefit of paying the annual technology support fee is that institutions may also use the PA Photos and Documents digital repository service at no additional cost.

Training Also Provided for Participants
In-person training is provided in several locations each spring and more widely throughout Pennsylvania each fall.  These multi-track training events provide participants with introductory and advanced training on the services provided in POWER Library.

It is our hope that this opportunity extended to post-secondary students through your library will yield dual benefits—continued access to familiar resources along with a broader array of supplemental resources that may assist them in their academic journey.

More Information

For any questions about POWER Library e-resources, PA Photos and Documents, or the application process, please contact HSLC Support.



Glenn R. Miller | Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries
Pennsylvania Department of Education | Office of Commonwealth Libraries
Room 200 Forum Building
607 South Drive | Harrisburg, PA  17120-0600
Phone:  717-783-2646  |   |  @PaDeptofEd  |

This communication is issued on the Deputy Secretary’s behalf by
Jonelle Darr (; 717-783-5725)