Welcome to Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries


The 2018 Friends Institute will held on Saturday September 15 at the Pittsburgh Marriot North in Cranberry PA from 9:00- 3:00.  Watch for more details to come.

2018 Membership Renewals and the 990 Information

Your membership renewal packets have been mailed. The return date is March 30; Please be aware that our mailing address has changed to:  PCBL. P.O. Box 551 Mountain Top, PA  18707.  For questions regarding renewals and 990 documentation, email Allison Latagliata at pcblpa@gmail.com.

Copies of the "Getting Ready" document can be found here.

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 2017 Awards

Dear Friends and Colleagues, The Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries has voted and our award winners are in! Congratulations to: 
  • Business Friend of the Year
    Gary Klobchar of Milestone Financial Group

  • Friends Group of the Year
    The Friends of the PIttston Memorial Library

  • PCBL Friends Public Relations Award
    Amy Walsh, Community Relations Specialist for Wellspan Health

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Barbara Baughman


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