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The State Library of Pennsylvania's Purpose and Core Values


We collect, preserve, and connect government, libraries, and residents to the information and resources they need to build a successful Pennsylvania.

Core Values


  • We care about what we do and the services we provide.
  • We are enthusiastic about the possibilities for the State Library.
  • We are dedicated to the profession of librarianship.
  • We encourage patrons to use the library and to share their experiences, bringing in new patrons.


  • We respect and value each person and their work; we listen, seek to understand, and acknowledge each person without bias.
  • We act ethically and with transparency.
  • We value privacy.
  • We are accountable for our actions.
  • We strive for honest and clear two-way communications at all levels.


  • We strive to be the best with consistency, accuracy and flexibility.
  • We believe Pennsylvania should have the best service and access to information.
  • We encourage lifelong learning for ourselves and others and support the curiosity of our patrons.
  • We value collaborative relationships.
  • We strive to be an example of government that works.