Q: What are E-Resources?
A: The e-resources in POWER Library are free access to newspapers, magazines, journals, image databases, STEM resources, resources for very young readers, eBooks, and much more! Many articles are full-text.
Q: Why should I use POWER Library rather than just surfing the web?
A: POWER Library gives Pennsylvanians access to authoritative, subscription-only information that isn’t available through free search engines or web directories. Publishers of the e-resources in POWER LIBRARY have carefully checked them for accuracy.
Q: What is POWER Library?
A: Pennsylvania’s Electronic Library brings together in one place access to the collections and resources of libraries across the state.
Q: How reliable is POWER Library information?
A: Very. While we cannot ever be certain that all information in the POWER Library e-resources is accurate, you can be confident that it has been reviewed and compiled by subject experts and is more reliable than what you might find with a random search.
Q: Who can use POWER Library?
A: All residents of Pennsylvania can ask a librarian a question or search for a title, read an article, look through photos and documents, or find information that may not appear anywhere else on the web. Use of the e-resources requires that you are in a participating PA library or from anywhere using your public library card or POWER Library eCard.
Q: Who pays for POWER Library?
A: POWER Library is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Q: Why is POWER Library a valuable service?
A: POWER Library offers Pennsylvanians and their libraries access to materials that they otherwise would not have. These resources are not available except as subscription services. The resources support the educational, professional, and informational needs of Pennsylvanians.