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Who We Are

Library Funding

The Indiana Free Library is a local library, under the Pennsylvania Library Code sec. 102.1, and offers public library service for the Indiana School District, White Township, Shelocta Borough and Indiana Borough, the funding bodies which offer support to the library. Commonwealth Libraries is the Pennsylvania agency that sets library standards and supports the growth and development of libraries in Pennsylvania. Some of the standards include the size of staff, service goals and the collection support of 12% of the overall budget. These standards are based on the most current Census figures of the service area population. [Other municipalities are able to “opt-in” for library service if they are contiguous to the Indiana School District.[Contact the library to explore that option.] The library reports annually to Commonwealth Libraries and receives state-aid based on the amount of local support through the supporting bodies and other sources such as donations, grants, and library generated fines and service fees. It is really a patchwork of income sources to create a great library and community resource. You can be part of that picture when you offer your support to the library. The current budget reflects that the library raises more than a third of regular income from community donors and partners! That’s is a great feeling to know that our community is behind all of the good services supporting literacy!

Our Impact This Year

  • People with Library Cards

    15,612

  • Items borrowed

    6,737

  • Dollars Raised

    29,701

  • Program Participants

    1986

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