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Science, Technology, engineering, and math (STEM)

STEM Programs in Public Libraries

In March 2017, the Office of Commonwealth Libraries conducted a survey of Pennsylvania’s public libraries to determine the extent to which they are offering STEM programs and services.
The survey found that nearly every public library in the commonwealth offers some type of STEM program or activity. Survey highlights included:
  • 95% or 291 public libraries offer STEM programs, equipment or services for youth and/or adults
  • Of those that offer programs, equipment or services, 55% focus on youth and 40% focus on both youth and adults
  • 24% have either MakerSpaces, digital production or creation labs, or STEM exhibit spaces
  • 49% base all or some of their programs on PA Academic Standards
  • 76% of all respondents say that library staff need more training about STEM programs.
Detailed survey results are available:

Directory of makerspaces & digital production Labs

Using the March 2017 Public Library STEM survey, a directory of MakerSpaces that are located at Pennsylvania public libraries was compiled. The Office of Commonwealth Libraries intends to update this directory annually.