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Programs and Services for School Libraries

The Bureau of Library Development provides advisory services through a school age services library advisor in order to foster connections between school and public library staff.   Information about programs and services offered for school libraries are outlined below.

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.  

Schools and intermediate units 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

Leadership Development

Office of Commonwealth Libraries supports leadership development of school librarians through Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.  To learn more, contact the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. 

Video Game Clubs of America

Video Game Clubs of America (VGCUSA) focuses on establishing gaming clubs in educational settings to make the socially awkward socially active through the power of good sportsmanship, gaming, and social and emotional learning.  Gaming clubs include all types of games, including console and computer games, as well as board, table, and card games.

In 2021, the Office of Commonwealth Libraries' "Out of School Time" LSTA-Funded projected worked with VGCUSA to provide support and materials to 11 school libraries to offer this program to learners. 

In 2022, up to 25 more schools may be offered this opportunity for Pennsylvania youth. 

Email Distribution Lists

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.