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State Aid to Public Libraries

In accordance with the Public Library Code, 24 C.S. §§9301 to 9376 and with Title 22 of the Pennsylvania Code, Sections 131 to 143, State Aid is paid to public libraries under seven categories: Quality Libraries Aid, Incentive for Excellence Aid, County Coordination Aid, District Library Center Aid, Statewide Library Resource Center Aid, Equalization Aid and Equal Distribution Grants.

How to Report a Banking Change

Library banking changes and update can be made through the Payable Services Call Center. The Call Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday (except state holidays)   

Toll-free: 877.HELP.363 (877.435.7363)
Local: 717.346.2676
You can also receive assistance via email at:

Payment Distribution Information

District Center Libraries receive full payment for the Fiscal Year in July/August. Other qualifying libraries receive full payment in January/February. Summaries The Summaries of State Aid to Public Libraries show a breakdown of the actual amounts paid to public libraries and library systems between July 1 and June 30 of the years specified.


The Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Bureau of Library Development compiles public library statistics from the annual Pennsylvania Public Library Data Collection. These statistics are used to determine eligibility for State Aid to Public Libraries. In addition, these statistics represent Pennsylvania's public libraries in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) national data collection program for public libraries.

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