Update on the New State Budget


Good morning, Pennsylvania library stalwarts!

Three weeks in and there is precious little progress to report on a new state budget.  I just posted a new blog update on our homepage highlighting:

  • the impact of no state dollars is just beginning to be felt;
  • that a moderate House Republican offered a middle-ground budget proposal; and,
  • the urgent need to keep library funding on the radar screens of every single Harrisburg decision-maker.

As library advocates, we need to keep up the drumbeat to the greatest degree possible through the Dog Days of this standoff.  We cannot stress enough that:

  • Libraries ARE part of education;
  • Any plan aimed at improving education must include libraries; and,
  • After nine years of stagnant and declining budgets, libraries need and deserve increases proportionate with any new money targeted for pre-K, K-12 and higher ed.

Please read more on our legislative update blog which is front and center (“PA Library Legislative Updates”) on our home page, www.palibraries.org.  Or you can simply Take Action now. 

Thanks for faithful and ongoing advocacy on behalf of better library services statewide.


Glenn R. Miller
Executive Director, PA Library Assn.
220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania  17055
phone:  717-766-7663
fax:  717-766-5440
e-mail:  glenn@palibraries.org



The federal government funds public libraries.

False. Lancaster County’s public libraries raise a substantial portion of their budgets through fundraising efforts Lancaster County’s libraries far exceed the national average.

All libraries have the same hours of operation.

False. Visit the individual library’s page for hours at your local library.

Many public libraries in Lancaster County have a book shop that is open year round.

True. Check with your local public library if they have a library book shop. In fact, the Lancaster Public Library also has an off-site book store at 225 North Marshall Street in Lancaster.

You can use the Library's online research tools such as ProQuest for homework and research papers at home.

True. Visit the website and enter your library card number for access to the websites. http://online.lancasterlibraries.org/

Our libraries seem to have plenty of staff and in some instances appear to have too many.

False. It’s important to keep in mind many of the people you see stacking shelves or assisting in the library are actually volunteers.

I don't know how to set up an email account and the libraries do not offer computer help.

False. Several libraries offer help with email account set up, searching the Internet, and using Windows. Click here for the library overview of services to learn more.

You have to return a book to the same library that you checked it out from.

False. You can return a book to any library in the Library System of Lancaster County.

100% of funding for public libraries comes from the state government?

False. While the state of Pennsylvania does help support your local library, these dollars are prone to cuts and are inconsistent from year to year. For most libraries, these dollars account for a very small portion of their overall budget. Your public library counts on local support and contributions through fundraising to raise the majority of their annual budget.