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Public Libraries: Your Partner in Workforce Development

​Public libraries are eager to work with other agencies to more closely align with local workforce development activities. Here are some of the assets that public libraries bring to the table:

  1. Library services are available at no charge for library card holders. To get a card, community residents need up-to-date identification (such as a driver’s license).
  2. Libraries offer extended evening and weekend hours.
  3. Libraries have computers with high-speed Internet connections for public use.
  4. Libraries have books and specialized online reference resources about occupations, schools, financial aid, resume-writing, interview techniques, employers and skill improvement.
  5. Libraries also have test preparation practice guides (print and online) for academic, military, occupational, licensing, high school equivalency, English as a second language, and workplace assessment such as WorkKeys.
  6. Libraries have staff who are trained to help people with information and technology questions.
  7. Many libraries offer meeting rooms and free classes on careers, resume-writing, and technology. Some provide annual job fairs and networking events for employers and job seeks. Some also have MakerSpaces to learn about high-tech equipment and skills.

The majority of public libraries in Pennsylvania are non-profit organizations; others are agencies of municipal or county government. Public libraries in Pennsylvania are assigned to one of 29 District Library Center areas. (See map on reverse side.) Each District Library Center has a designated headquarters library that provides reference services. These District Library Centers can help you identify libraries that might best suit your specific needs.

For more information on workforce development library services contact:

  • Stacey Mulligan, Library Development Advisor (PA Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Bureau of Library Development), smulligan@pa.gov, 717-783-5744.
​District Library Consultant Contacts
Aliquippa: Jodi Oliver, (724) 770-2081 Montgomery: Karen DeAngelo, (610) 278-5100, x124
Allentown: Mark Sullivan, (610) 820-2400, x132 New Castle: Amy Geisinger, (724) 658-6659, x124
Altoona: Catherine Greenleaf Martin (814) 946-0417 North Central: June Houghtaling, (570) 326-0536, x196
Bethlehem: David Dunlap, (610) 867-3761, x234 Northeast: Michele Legate, (570) 795-4325
Capital Area: Brianna Crum, (717) 234-4961, x106 Oil Creek: Erin Joyce, (814) 678-3054
Central PA: Brady Clemens, (814) 237-6238, x205 Philadelphia: Jennifer Maguire-Wright, (215) 686-5385
Chambersburg: Laura Bailie, (717) 709-0282, x202 Pittsburgh: Richard Kaplan, (412) 622-1964
Chester: Agatha Lyons, (610) 280-2637 Pottsville: Jessica DeMarte, (570) 622-8880
Doylestown: Chris Snyder, (215) 348-9083 Reading: Amy Resh, (610) 378-5260
Delaware: Janis Stubbs, (610) 891-8622 Seneca: Leslie LaBarte, (814) 723-4650
Easton: Susan Gardner, (610) 258-2917, x311 Washington: Melinda Tanner, (724) 222-2400, x229
Erie: Marcia Wilking, (814) 451-6920 Westmoreland: Dana Farabaugh, (724) 420-5638, x3
Johnstown: Rebecca Martinazzi, (814) 536-5131, x204 Wilkes-Barre: Mary Ann Yonki, (570) 371-3831
Lancaster: Ed Miller, (717) 207-0500, x1227 York: John Miller, (717) 849-6959
Lebanon: Stephanie Williams, (717) 273-7624, x212

Images of PA map showing District Library Centers