Berks County Public Libraries
 


Berks County Public Libraries

(est.1986) coordinates services offered by the independent participating public libraries in Berks County. By sharing our collections, by consolidating our purchasing, cataloging and processing, and by creating cooperative services like the Storyriders and the Summer Reading Program, the libraries of BCPL are able to give to our communities well-run, dynamic libraries in the most efficient and cost-effective way.

Library Funding

Berks County government provides about 45% of the funding for your local library... and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provides about 32%.

That leaves about 23% of the library's total budget that libraries need to raise through donations, municipal support and fundraisers. Local libraries and their Friends groups hold numerous fundraisers annually... everything from concerts to spaghetti suppers to basket bingo.