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.

Mission Statement

Vision Statement

The public libraries of Berks County are committed to the provision of consistent, high-quality service to county residents of all ages. Library staff and trustees respond to changing needs through state-of-the-art technologies, up-to-date collections, centralized support services, and an exacting standard of user satisfaction.

Mission Statement

The mission of Berks County Public Libraries is countywide development, coordination, and promotion of public library services. BCPL is an advocate for the library and information service needs of all of the people of Berks County, providing leadership and technical expertise for improvement of library services through strengthening of its member libraries and library resources.


Free and equitable access to library materials and services is essential for the education, employment, enjoyment, and self-governance of all Berks County residents.

Information literacy is a critical skill in our technological society.

Reading, listening to, and/or viewing library materials for pleasure enhances quality of life.

The public has a right to expect that the Library System will be efficient and effective in deploying its financial resources.

Library users shall be treated courteously and fairly through the development and consistent application of library services, policies and procedures.