Reading Library District Center

Reading Library District Center

Reading Public Library serves as the District Center for all the public libraries in Berks County.  It coordinates activities, collaboration, and shared resources among the libraries of the district; acts as an intermediary between the libraries and the state (Office of Commonwealth Libraries); and provides support and assistance to library staff and boards, mainly through the district consultant librarians.

The Reading District consists of:
• 19 state funded libraries that are also members of the BCPL System.
• 2 state funded independent libraries
• 4 library branches
• A total service population of 410,000+

The District Center provides:
• Leadership, coordination and consultation to local libraries
• A District Consultant Librarian and a District Youth Services Consultant Librarian who work closely with library directors, board, and youth services staff to provide professional library knowledge, materials, and support for all aspects of library operations, activities, and structure
• District-wide Interlibrary Loan service and assistance
• Access to professional reference services & resources, including the Mobile Tech Van which travels to libraries to offer reference and technology assistance
• Access to a large and robust collection of materials for all interests, ages, and library needs; including a local history and genealogy collection
• Continuing Education opportunities for staff and boards of all district libraries
• The OverDrive/Libby platform of e-resources; including management of the account, content, reports, and material purchases from all district libraries
• Databases available to library users of all district libraries:  Ancestry (genealogy), and ValueLine (investments)
• Support and management of the Polaris ILS for all district libraries, as well as Polaris training for all library staff
• Email service and support for all district libraries
• Memberships to professional organizations to support and benefit the work of all the libraries
• Leadership, coordination, and consultation in regards to training for new library directors, youth services staff, and library trustees

Services

Genealogy database offering hundreds of resources on researching one’s family history, including such items as federal census records, passenger ship manifests, and other documents. Ancestry is no longer available for remote access from home.