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State Aid to Public Libraries

State aid, also known as the Public Library Subsidy, is paid to public libraries that meet standards found in the Public Library Code (24 PA. C.S. Education. Chapter 93) and the Pennsylvania Code (22 PA Code § 131; § 141.)

The state aid formula (Public Library Code §9334 – 9340) has not been in use since 2003 when significant state budget cuts occurred.  As a result, laws are enacted each year that detail how state aid is distributed (for example the  Public School Code of 1949. Article XXIII. Funding for Public Libraries § 2318 contains distribution instructions for FY 2011-2012 or § 2323 contains distribution instructions for FY 2019-2020.)   

Payment Distribution Information

During each state fiscal year (July – June):

  • District Library Centers are paid in July/August; and
  • Local libraries, library systems, and statewide library resource centers are paid in January/February.

The documents below list state aid paid to libraries between July 1 and June 30 of the fiscal year specified:

Report Bank Account Changes

State aid is paid annually to libraries via direct deposit.  Libraries must be sure that the state has up-to-date bank account information before payments are made. 

Library bank account changes and updates are made through state's Payable Services Center.


Each year the Office of Commonwealth Libraries compiles public library statistics based on data that's submitted via the Pennsylvania Public Library Data Collection.

This information is used to determine eligibility for state aid to public libraries. In addition, this information is submitted to the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services national data collection program for public libraries.

Have a Question?

For more information, contact state aid staff at the Bureau of Library Development.