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Access PA ILL - General

Participation / Application

Access Pennsylvania eligibility for participation: 

1. Public Library - A public library or system is eligible to participate if it:

a. Is organized and governed in accordance with the Pennsylvania Public Library Code;

b. Meets applicable library standards found in the Pennsylvania Public Library Code and its associated regulations; and

c. Pays the POWER Library services annual technology support fee.

2. School or Intermediate Unit - A school or intermediate unit is eligible to participate if it:

a. Is authorized, licensed, regulated, accredited, registered, or established by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;

b. Has a library supervised by a certified school library media professional;

c. Provides an accessible, centrally-housed, and organized collection of library resources;

d. Has a line item in the school’s budget allocated for the library to purchase library materials; and

e. Pays the annual POWER Library technology support fee.

3. Academic Institution – An academic institution is eligible to participate if it:

a. Is authorized, licensed, approved, or accredited by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to confer degrees.

4. Special Collection Library or Institution – A special collection library in Pennsylvania, including those funded by the state, is eligible to participate if it:

a. Has an appropriately trained librarian;

b. Has an organized collection; and either

i. Is open a minimum of 20 hours of service per week or  

ii. Demonstrates a strong commitment to share its resources with other libraries.


Application for POWER Library Services [PDF]

Please note that the application may be completed online or on your computer but a "wet signature" is required. 


Once the application is submitted, the following actions are required:

  1. a staff member must attend training (self-paced virtual training is available)
  2. a staff member must upload the library's holdings to the Access PA union catalog OR must set up a z server in the library's integrated library system (ILS)

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This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and
through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Library Access funds administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries.  

The views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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