Chester library system receives $387,500 award from PA Dept. of Education

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – Pennsylvania House Democrats from Chester County said that they congratulate the Chester County Library System on $387,500 in state funding it’s been awarded to rehabilitate, improve and grow services across the county.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Keystone Library program, which is funded by a portion of the realty transfer tax, grants libraries across the commonwealth up to 50% of the cost of upgrade or rehabilitation projects.

The Chester County Library System was granted funding today, among 18 projects approved across the commonwealth. Among other improvements, CCLS will be improving entry and exit access for visitors as well as workspace and service desks for patrons.

"Prior to the pandemic, our Chester County libraries served as a home and a lifeline for learning, internet access and educational programs for adults and families,” state Rep. Carolyn Comitta said. “Now more than ever, our libraries need our continued support for their programs and to adapt to the changes of the pandemic.

“This grant award will directly improve the library experience for residents and allow libraries to continue to serve as a vital resource in our communities,” she added. “I was honored to be recognized as the 2020 Elected Official of the Year by the PA Library Association. I will continue to advocate and be a champion for our public libraries."

“Throughout this pandemic, libraries have gone above and beyond to guarantee continued services for our community’s most vulnerable,” state Rep. Dan Williams said. “I’m elated that this award will allow the Chester County Library System to continue providing educational and economic development opportunities in my district and the county.”

“As an avid reader and a longtime guest of Chester County libraries, I am very happy to hear about this grant, which will enable them to continue offering vitally necessary services to our community,” state Rep. Kristine Howard said.

“Libraries are an essential resource for students, families, jobseekers and lifelong learners, and throughout this difficult year, our Chester County library system has continued to serve our communities and keep them engaged,” state Rep. Danielle Friel Otten said. “I’m grateful for this funding, which will help to make the Chester County Library & District Center more accessible to all of our neighbors.”

“Our libraries continue to be massively important resources for our communities,” state Rep. Melissa Shusterman said. “Many individuals still look to them as their primary access to information and technology, and this year, even to cast their ballot. These funds will allow all Chester County residents to benefit from the wonderful services provided by the Chester County Library System.”

“Our libraries provide essential education, social and career development services. It’s important for them to have the resources to meet growing demand within our communities,” state Rep. Christina Sappey said.