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Attend a Keystone 2020 Pre-Application Workshop Is your library planning a renovation or construction project which will improve service to your users? The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries administers the Keystone Grants for Public Library...

Several libraries have been awarded Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RCAP) grants: Carnegie Library of Homestead: $500,000  (project will substantially rearrange the layout of the swimming pool, locker rooms and other related pool support spaces). Carnegie...

Highlighted Content on WebJunction: Prioritizing Accessibility and Disability Inclusion at Your Library: Putting a focus on accessibility helps create a library that can be enjoyed by more people and can connect more people to the information and resources they need. Opportunities...

Read about the renovations at the Paoli Library! ...

open house

    The North Trails Public Library, in West Sunbury, held an open house on June 22, 2019.  The celebration was to honor Ron and Carol Caporali for sponsoring a 25’x25′ addition to the library. With the new addition, the library is able to offer year round...

Hershey Public Library

  Major renovations were finished at the beginning of June at the Hershey Public Library. Renovations were funded by the Hershey Library Endowment Trust. The Circulation desk was completely rebuilt, and includes a total refurbishment of the discharge room, and brand new staff...

Library Journal will select up to 10 buildings, completed between between January 2016 and March 1, 2019 that demonstrate excellence in (1) community engagement in design, (2) sustainability, (3) functionality, (4) innovation, and (5) beauty and delight. Projects to be considered...

Read about the Teen Center at Blasco Library in Erie! ...

Keystone Webinar Recording Available If your library is considering applying for a Keystone Grant for Public Library Facilities in 2019, and you were unable to attend an in-person or webinar workshop offered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, you can view a recording of the...

The Keystone grant program provides funds to sponsoring municipalities for up to 50 percent of eligible project costs to plan, acquire, construct or rehabilitate public libraries as outlined in the program’s general guidelines.  Examples of fundable projects include, but are...