May 23, 2022

Pennsylvania: Lancaster County May Absorb Library System, Give More Money to Member Libraries

From LancasterOnline:

The Library System of Lancaster County might be on the way out as an independent entity.

The system, established in 1987 to coordinate services to its member libraries, may be folded into county government, county commissioner Scott Martin said Friday.

“It’s time to start a community conversation,” Martin said.


The library system, Martin said, provides many services — such as information technology and human resources — that the county also provides.

By eliminating duplicate services, he said, the county — which funds the system to the tune of about $2 million each year — can save money while also putting more funds directly into the libraries.


The system has 19 employees, four of whom are part time, according to the library system’s executive director, Pete Petruski. Danz said it’s possible some of those people would lose their jobs.

“We haven’t done any kind of in-depth analysis yet to see how many positions we’re going to need,” Danz said. “All of this is to be determined. We don’t have a formal plan yet.”

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