New GAC Guidelines on Service Area Approved | STAGING Compendium

Greetings library colleagues,

I’m pleased to report that the Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development (GAC) Guidelines for Libraries Seeking to Expand or Reduce Service Areas were approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). These guidelines and all GAC guidelines can be found on our website here:  Approved Guidelines.

The GAC advises and makes recommendations to the Governor, the Secretary of Education, and the Deputy Secretary for Libraries regarding the general policies and operations of the State library and the State Aid program for libraries (24 PA.C.S. Education § 9312).

Thanks to the GAC Guidelines Committee and the OCL team for their dedication to this task as well as everyone who participated in the focus group and community discussion.

Please send questions regarding these guidelines to


Heather Sharpe, MLIS | Director, Bureau of Library Development
Office of Commonwealth Libraries | Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street | 11th Floor | Harrisburg PA  17126
Office: 717.783.0565 | Mobile: 717.903.1819 |


The Bureau of Library Development (BLD) in the Office of Commonwealth Libraries supports libraries and library services for Pennsylvanians through the administration of state and federally funded programs and grant opportunities including LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act), Library Access, LAMP (Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians), the Public Library Subsidy, and Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities. BLD also provides advisory services, professional development, and continuing education for library staff and volunteer leadership at public, school, academic, and special libraries.

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