Welcome to Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries

Registration Open for the 2017 Friends Institute

Registration Open for the 2017 Friends Institute - Saturday September 16, at the Holiday Inn in Grantville.

For more information please download our Registration Form and Agenda

Did You Know...?

President Trump's proposed budget targets the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for elimination. It also calls for a reduction in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) budget. Pennsylvania libraries and Pennsylvania residents benefit from both of these federally funded programs. Although the stop-gap budget kept funding through September, now is the time to reach out to your federal Senators and Representatives to let let them how this funding supports your mission.

Below are links to several documents detailing LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) programs in Pennsylvania and Internet connectivity discounts through the FCC's E-rate program.

Please educate yourself and your Friends and share your story.

For more information, visit www.ala.org/advocacy

501 (c)(3) Help

We can make it easy to achieve 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status.  If you've been through it before, you know completing a 990 Form is NOT a simple task.  It's hard.  It's time consuming. And it's a real struggle for small organizations.

But you don't need to bear that burden.  One of the greatest benefits offered by PCBL is an Affiliate Membership.  Your group can become a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit without the workload by joining under our umbrella.

PCBL Call For Annual Awards Nominations

Dear Friends and Colleagues, The Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries is now seeking nominations for its annual awards to be presented at the PCBL Friends Institute to be held September 16, 2017, at the Holiday Inn in Grantville, PA. Now is your opportunity to nominate a Friends Groups, an individual, company, or organization that has performed exceptionally well in helping your library or other libraries in the State.
Attached is the Annual Awards Nomination Form (PDF or Microsoft Word) to be used in submitting your nomination.  You may email the form and supporting documents or send them by mail.

The following is a description of each Award category.  Please note that the Committee will not necessarily name a winner in every category.

Nominations are due by July 26, 2017.

Friend of the Year: Award given to a citizen who has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of a local library, group of libraries, or libraries in general throughout the State during the past two years. The Friend must be a member of a Friends Group belonging to PCBL or an individual member of PCBL.

Business Friend of the Year:  Award given to a business or person which has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of a local library, group of libraries, or libraries in general throughout the State during the past two years. The contribution may be a direct monetary contribution, assistance in raising funds or advocacy, or in kind donations.

Friends Group of the Year:  Award given to a Friends group that has provided significant assistance to its library. Assistance may be monetary contributions, assistance in raising funds, promoting the library and its services, or providing an advocacy effort on behalf of the library. The Friends Group must be a member of PCBL.

Elected Official of the Year:  Award given to an elected official who has been a leader in promoting and supporting Pennsylvania’s libraries. The award may be given to a group of officials.

Friends Public Relations Award:  Award given to a organization that has conducted an effective public relations campaign or media campaign for a specific program, event, or library use in general, that has resulted in significant community support.

Lifetime Achievement Award:  Award given to a citizen or group who has shown exceptional meritorious service to libraries over an extended period of time and extending throughout the State. The citizen or group should have had substantial impact on libraries beyond the local level.


PCBL is an organization of advocates that speaks for libraries throughout Pennsylvania. Membership is open to anyone who wants to see strong and well-funded libraries, and the best possible library service for all of Pennsylvania's citizens. That includes librarians, trustees of libraries, government officials and friends of libraries, as well as the lay citizen-user of libraries.

Members are kept up to date on legislative information and actions as they pertain to Pennsylvania libraries; have opportunities to attend library advocacy and library fundraising workshops; and receive information about events, programs, and issues of interest to library advocates.

For the latest news about the recently passed Library Code legislation, SB1225, click here(10/24/2012)


PCBL Means...

Persuade public officials that libraries are essential community services
Collaborate with other library associations, agencies and community groups
Be a voice for improved library funding and appropriate legislation
Lead efforts to encourage, train and support library Friends