The PA Senate Approves Study Designed to Modernize Pennsylvania's 50-Year-Old Library Code

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania will soon begin work on a comprehensive review of the 50-year-old law governing library services in the state.

The Senate recently approved a resolution introduced by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) calling for the study, which is due by November 30.

"As we continue to face an extended recession, more and more people are visiting their local libraries," said Senator Pileggi. "Our public libraries are an incredible resource for people looking for a job, for students doing school work, and for families looking for inexpensive entertainment options."

Pennsylvania's Library Code, which governs the operation of public libraries in the state, was enacted in 1961. The study called for in Senate Resolution 343 is designed to find ways in which the law should be modernized, making it easier for libraries to meet the expectations and demands of their visitors.

According to the Pennsylvania Library Association, visits to the state's 474 public libraries were up 11 percent in 2009 compared to 2008, circulation of books and videos was up 9 percent, and in-library computer use was up 19 percent.

The Pennsylvania Library Association supports Senator Pileggi's call for a review of the Library Code, said Glenn R. Miller, the association's executive director.

Additional information about state issues is available at Senator Pileggi's web site, www.SenatorPileggi.com, and on his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SenatorPileggi. More information about the Pennsylvania Library Association is available at www.palibraries.org.