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2023 Pennsylvania Library Association Conference Announced

The 2023 PaLA Annual Conference will take place in-person at Kalahari Resort in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. The resort offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities with one of the country’s largest indoor water parks – Completely separate spaces, but all under one roof! Join us to connect, collaborate and learn!

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Unite Against Book Bans

Removing and banning books from public libraries is a slippery slope to government censorship and the erosion of our country’s commitment to freedom of expression. September 18 to 24 is Banned Book Week.  Libraries throughout the Commonwealth will be honoring books which have been challenged in libraries around the world and highlight the dangers that […]

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Pa Forward(R) Launches Virtual Programming Library

Pa Forward(R) is excited to announce the launch of a virtual programming library.  Watch high quality library programming brought to you from libraries through out the Commonwealth.  It can be found at the initiative’s Niche Academy site: Pa Forward(R) Niche Academy!    

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What is PA Forward®

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If knowledge is power, Pennsylvania’s libraries have always been central suppliers of power in our communities. Now we have an opportunity to power a new level of knowledge across our Commonwealth.

As our state and nation struggle with economic shifts, some permanent, we all ask, “How will Pennsylvania build a better future, one of job growth, opportunity, and community vitality?”

PA Forward® is a literacy initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Our services support state libraries so they are ideally positioned to become the community centers of information, technology, and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all of our citizens.

The VALUE of Pennsylvania's Libraries is FAR-REACHING and UNDENIABLE.


This is the number of programs for children, parents, entrepreneurs, senior citizens, and students that PA libraries have implemented.


Pennsylvania libraries have served more than 47 million visitors!


PA libraries have aided more than 302,000 jobseekers.

How can I support PA Libraries?