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Name: Glenn
Title: Deputy Secretary/Commissioner for Libraries/State Librarian
Organization: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Address: Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries
Forum 203
607 South Dr
City: Harrisburg
State: PA
Zip Code: 17120-0600
Phone: (717) 783-2466
Fax: (717) 223-3121
Appointment Date: 3/19/2015
Committee Assignments: n/a


Library Agency Homepage:
Virtual Library:
State Home Page:
Governor: Tom Wolf
Library Association:
Friends of the Library Association: <
Trustee Association: http://www.palibraries.oeg
Other State Library Links:


Link to IMLS Public Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2009
URL for Statewide Public Library Statistics:
Population: 12,056,000
Number of Public Libraries: 457
Total Circulation: 66,659,000
Circulation Per Capita: 5.6
Total Library Operating Income: $340,069,000
Total Expenditures: $330,082,000
Expenditures per capita:$27.51
State Support:$84,122,000
Total Construction Funding:$15,694,000
Materials Loaned to other Libraries: 2,918,000


Link to IMLS State Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2008
Governance Structure: The Office of Commonwealth Libraries (State Library of Pennsylvania) is one of five deputates within the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Library Legislation:
The Library Code, Act of June 14, 1961, P.L. 324, as amended. Title 24. Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes-Chapter 16. Libraries and The Pennsylvania Code, Title 22. Education. Part IX. See Pennsylvania Library Laws at ies/cwp/view.asp?Q=126675&A=15
Library Standards:
Standards are described in the Library Code and the Pennsylvania Code for District Library Centers, Library Systems and local libraries.
Allied and Other Special Operations:
The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It includes the State Archives:
Number of Service Outlets: One main library located in the Forum Building.
Collections: Volumes, 838,211 Current Periodical Subscriptions, 562 Maps 6,930 Microforms (physical units), 659,580 Audio Materials, 44 Video Materials, 6,662 Databases, 101 Digital Documents, 41,159 Electronic Serials, 24,240
Staff: 79.6 FTE, including the Bureau of Library Development
Income: $7,384,000
Expenditures: $7,384,000
Employment Opportunities:


LSTA Five Year Plan:
Other Relevant Links to State Library Publications:

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