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Pennsylvania Invests $5.1 Million to Enhance Public Libraries

11/12/2020

Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Education (PDE) today announced $5.1 million in Keystone Grants to 18 libraries for the construction and rehabilitation of public library facilities.

“Public libraries are a staple in communities for access to educational and informative programming and materials,” said Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega. “I am thankful that these grants will allow the renovation and improvement of public libraries across the commonwealth so they can safely continue to provide resources to all.”

The award recipients were selected through a competitive grant process. The Keystone grants will aid public library facilities in installing equipment, upgrading security systems, and more.

“The Office of Commonwealth Libraries is pleased that the Keystone grants will be distributed to the selected libraries for the preservation, construction, and maintenance of their facilities,” said Deputy Secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries Glenn R. Miller. “Our staff is delighted to assist libraries in gaining access to resources necessary to provide accessible services to the communities they support.”

Libraries receiving $5,189,530 in Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities include:

CountyMunicipalityProject LibraryAmount AwardedProject Description
AlleghenyBraddock BoroughBraddock Carnegie Library Association$750,000.00Install new HVAC system, and rehab/securing of all windows, doors, stairwells, shafts.
AlleghenyRichland TownshipNorthern Tier Regional Library Association$38,579.50Make entrance doors automatic; install efficient lighting in program area; new flooring and paint in main library.
AlleghenyTownship of Upper St. ClairUpper St. Clair Township Library$750,000.00Reconfigure and increase library space.
ArmstrongKittanning BoroughKittanning Free Library$28,976.00Upgrade lighting; upgrade flooring; upgrade security system.
BerksBorough of LeesportSchuylkill Valley Community Library$134,712.00Construct addition, replace roof, upgrade entrance for ADA, add restrooms.
ChesterCounty of ChesterChester County Library & District Center$387,500.00Renovate first floor for accessibility, adding public workspaces and seating; combine service desks.
ClarionClarion BoroughClarion Free Library$105,385.00Replace boiler; ADA upgrades to sidewalks, entry doors, restrooms.
DauphinDauphin CountyDauphin County Library System:  McCormick Riverfront Library$750,000.00Full library renovation incorporating newly acquired adjacent building.
ErieErie CountyErie County Public Library: Millcreek Branch$25,000.00Needs assessment / feasibility study for relocating branch.
HuntingdonHuntingdon CountyHuntingdon County Library$48,650.00Replace elevator.
IndianaBurrell TownshipBurrell Township Library$229,000.00Construct new library facility.
LackawannaLackawanna CountyLackawanna County Library System: Abington Community Library$49,150.00Renovate and expand community room kitchen facilities.
MercerTown of GreenvilleGreenville Area Public Library$75,000.00Replace boiler; replace roof; upgrade lighting.
MontgomerySouderton BoroughIndian Valley Public Library$97,480.00Roof replacement.
MontgomeryUpper Moreland TownshipUpper Moreland Free Public Library$70,457.00Make two emergency exits ADA compliant.
SomersetBorough of SomersetMary S. Biesecker Public Library$241,798.53Improve entrance steps and sidewalks for accessibility; install solar canopy parking structure; interior plaster, tile and flooring.
WarrenWarren CountyWarren Public Library$659,697.00Create teen space and maker spaces; add ADA entrance doors; reconfigure restrooms; upgrade signage; update elevator; upgrade HVAC; upgrade lighting; install security cameras.
WestmorelandCity of GreensburgGreensburg Hempfield Area Library$748,145.00Rebuild restrooms for ADA; build service counters; improve mechanical systems and life safety systems.


The Office of Commonwealth Libraries within the Pennsylvania Department of Education supports, develops, and provides library services for learning and advancement. For more information on the Pennsylvania State Library, follow them on Twitter.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Kendall Alexander - 717-439-2973, or kenalexand@pa.gov

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