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Programs and Services for School Libraries

POWER Library

POWER Library provides Pennsylvania residents, including students and teachers, with access to a statewide library catalog that facilitates interlibrary loan service, e-resources, primary source digitized collections, and Chat with a Librarian services.  

School and intermediate unit libraries are eligible to provide POWER Library services if they pay an annual technology fee and meet the guidelines as outlined in the Application for POWER Library Services.  Discounts are available for school districts with high rates of poverty.

For more information about POWER Library services, contact POWER Library support

Email Distribution Lists for School Librarians

On behalf of OCL, POWER Library maintains statewide email distribution lists for school librarians.

Compendium: News for Pennsylvania Libraries

Compendium is a blog that provides news of interest to Pennsylvania libraries of all types. 

Leadership Development

PDE OCL supports leadership development of school librarians through Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.  To learn more, contact the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association.

Advising Services

PDE OCL's Bureau of Library Development provides advisory services and continuing education for library staff and volunteer leadership at public, school, academic, and special libraries.