District Services

The public libraries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are divided into 29 library districts. Our district is the Erie/Crawford District, headquartered in the Erie County Public Library’s Blasco Memorial Library. Blasco was designated as a District Library Center on the basis of its collections and the strength of its professional staff. The Erie District Center serves a population of 371,209. The public libraries in the district are:

Erie County

Albion Area Public Library
111 E Pearl St
Albion PA 16401
(814) 756-5400
Corry Public Library
117 W Washington St
Corry PA 16407
(814) 664-7611
Erie County Public Library
160 E Front St
Erie PA 16507
(814) 451-6900
McCord Memorial Library
32 W Main St
North East PA 16428
(814) 725-4057
Rice Avenue Community P. L.
705 Rice Ave
Girard PA 16417
(814) 774-8286
Union City Public Library
2 Stranahan St
Union City PA 16438
(814) 438-3209
Waterford Public Library
South Park Row
Waterford PA 16441
(814) 796-4729
 

Crawford County

Benson Memorial Library
213 N Franklin St
Titusville PA 16354
(814) 827-2913
Cambridge Springs Library
158 McClellan St
Cambridge Springs PA 16403
(814) 398-2123
Cochranton Area P. L.
107 Pine St
Cochranton PA 16314
(814) 425-3996
Linesville Public Library
Penn & Mill Streets
Linesville PA 16424
(814) 683-4354
Margaret Shontz M. L.
145 S 2nd St
Conneaut Lake PA 16316
(814) 382-6666
Meadville Public Library
848 N Main St
Meadville PA 16335
(814) 336-1773
Saegertown Area Library
325 Broad St
Saegertown PA 16433
(814) 763-5203
Stone Memorial Library
1101 Main St
Conneautville, PA 16406
(814) 587-2142
Springboro Public Library
110 S Main St
Springboro PA 16435
(814) 587-3901
 

The District Library Center (DLC) concept is designed to provide backup and assistance to the local libraries. The Erie County Public Library receives a special category of state aid called, District Aid, which funds services that your local public library has access to. The Erie District Center provides the following services.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) – If your library doesn’t own a particular title you want, and your library cannot locate the title on Access PA, a request can then be sent to Blasco. The Interlibrary Loan Department will search a national database to try to locate your requested title if it isn’t owned by the Erie County Public Library.

Delivery – The District provides delivery for the 15 different district libraries. This ensures a mechanism to move requested materials from one library to another throughout Erie and Crawford Counties.

Reference – Librarians can call or e-mail the Reference Department at Blasco to assist them in finding answers to your questions. This reference collection is the largest in any public library in Northwest Pennsylvania and is under the guidance of professional librarians.

Rotating Collections – District Services provides collections of DVDs, large print books, and books on CD that rotate among participating district libraries. These collections augment the district libraries own collections, thereby providing you a larger selection of materials.

Workshops and Seminars – Keeping up to date is important for all fields of endeavor. Libraries are no exception. The Commonwealth requires library staff to earn continuing education hours. District Services provides your library’s staff access to workshops and seminars designed to improve their level of skill so they can better serve you.

Computer Technician – District Services has an on-staff computer technician to assist with troubleshooting and some computer repair. By having a technician on call, your library will be able to get a computer back up and running faster and at little or no additional cost to them.

District Consultant – The District Consultant acts as a liaison between Commonwealth Libraries in Harrisburg and the district libraries. The Consultant assists with grant writing, filing required state reports, selecting materials, library board concerns, etc. To assist meeting the new state library continuing education requirements, the Consultant provides access to appropriate workshops for the local library staff. The Consultant also acts as a library advocate before local, state and federal representatives. Periodic field visits to each district library are also an integral part of the District Consultant’s responsibilities.

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