County Library System, established in 1963, has fourteen member
The most recent long-range plan for the county system was developed
by a task force formed in 1995. In response to the financial recommendations
of that task force, the county commissioners increased their funding
to one mill for county library service.
The Cambria County
Library System is a federated library system, meaning that each library
maintains local independence and has its own operating board. Participation
in a county system is voluntary and every public library in Cambria
County opted to become a member of the county system. In return every
library shares in the county funds, enabling them to provide even better
local library service.
One advantage to
system membership is participation in joint grant applications. For
example two separate LSTA grants were received by the system in 1998
and 1999 for the purpose of automating checkout functions at twelve
As part of that project the libraries also added lists of their holdings
to ACCESS PA, a statewide
database intended to improve resource sharing among Pennsylvania libraries.
This database provides public web access to the catalog indexes of most
The Office of Commonwealth
Libraries, part of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, appropriated
additional funds for county systems in 2001. To date those monies have
funded a range of projects, including new web pages for each Cambria
County System member library, special book collections for each library,
and the hiring of a County Coordinator.
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