News for Pennsyslvania Libraries

Twenty-seven projects totaling $5, 939,310 were recently awarded Keystone grants. See the list of awarded projects below.

The competitive grant is used to award matching construction and facilities grants to municipalities that sponsor state-aided public libraries. Grants pay up to 50 percent of eligible costs in planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries.  A dollar-for-dollar match is required for grant funds received. 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.

The 2016 grant competition was for a maximum grant award of $500,000 with no minimum.  Thirty-five grant applications were received requesting $6,843,818. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, administers the public library portion of this program through a competitive grant process. 

Emmaus Public Library $500,000.00 $1,055,969.00 Add wing to house youth/YA collection; ADA restrooms & ramp to new addition.
Allentown Public Library



$500,000.00 $2,218,000.00 Replace electric HVAC system with energy efficient natural gas;  minor renovations.
Lower Macungie Library $500,000.00 $1,629,739.00 Library expansion creates children’s area; upgrade rest rooms for ADA ; HVAC & LED.
Hellertown Area Library $12,312.50 $24,625.00 Replace roof & gutter. Replace & recoat deteriorating stucco on front of library.
Schlow Centre Regional Library $25,000.00 $50,000.00 Facilities study to plan for care of 11-year old facility.
Shaw Public Library $32,000.00 $64,000.00 Replace roof shingles to prevent leaking; replace old exterior light fixtures with energy-efficient LED lights.
Coyle Free Library $306,900.00 $627,700.00 Phase III of renovated library facility adds equipment including self-checkout stations, security gates & tags, and furnishings.
Haverford Township Free Library $500,000.00 $7,866,600.00 Renovate / add & reallocate space; ADA compliance.
Crozer Library $50,000.00 $105,000.00 Remove/salvage copper roof, install aluminum standing seam roof panels, gutters.
HK Furness Library $51,500.00 $103,000.00 ADA compliance with automatic main door opener; HVAC upgrade energy efficient system.
Warminster Township Free Library $101,500.00 $203,000.00 Replace 40-year-old HVAC with energy-efficient system.
Southampton Free Library $199,940.47 $399,880.95 Redesign spaces; LED lighting; energy efficiency of restrooms; create learning center.
Blasco Memorial Library $100,000.00 $200,000.00 Phase II of Master Plan relocates Teen Space, consolidating Youth Services.
Indiana Free Library $500,000.00 $1,400,000.00 Rehabilitate Community Center; HVAC, electrical, exterior, roof, and ADA.
Ephrata Public Library $80,212.50 $160,425.00 Phase II & III (of 5) to repurpose adjacent library-owned building for partnerships and to expand Library programs & services.
Belmont Hills Library $500,000.00 $3,045,665.00 Renovate/expand; ADA restrooms & parking; main entrance automatic doors; efficient HVAC, LED; furniture, shelving & fixtures.
Mars Area Public Library $500,000.00 $4,581,166.00 Construct 2-story bldg meeting ADA guidelines; energy-efficient HVAC, windows, lighting.
Annie Halenbake Ross Library $44,445.00 $88,890.00 Rehab windows with efficient glass; replace entrance glass doors. Replace lighting with LED.
James V. Brown Library $40,000.00 $81,650.00 Remodel to one help desk; reinforce balcony supports for ADA access; rewire electric, LAN, phone. Upgrade carpet, furniture, paint.
Carrick Library $300,000.00 $3,931,000.00 Build 4000 sq. ft. addition; ADA compliance;  “Passive House” HVAC”; low energy building.
Western Allegheny Community Library $50,000.00 $100,000.00 Replace roof; renovate/relocate youth services/middle grade/teen areas, improving flow and adding usable space.
Monroeville Public Library $100,000.00 $200,108.00 Replace wheelchair lift with accessible elevator and exterior enclosure.
Baldwin Borough Public Library $500,000.00 $1,345,122.00 Renovate municipal bldg into community library;  ADA; roof, HVAC, electric, interior.
Oakmont Carnegie Library $43,000.00 $86,000.00 Waterproof/restore gables; interior repairs; adjust automatic doors;  exterior lighting.
Reading Public Library 75000 $166,000.00 Replace 42-year-old HVAC system of the Northeast Branch with efficient gas fired boiler.
Kutztown Community Library $20,000.00 $45,582.00 Replace oil HVAC with high efficiency gas furnace; replace AC units with earth-friendly system; point-of-use water in restrooms.
Bethel-Tulpehocken  Public Library $307,500.00 $615,000.00 Merge Library with community room (on 50 year lease); additional repairs to structure.