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.

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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.

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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.

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Q: What is an e-resource?

A: Think of an e-resource as an online bookshelf or magazine/newspaper rack that holds information on one or more subjects. These collections—anything from genealogical records to newspaper archives to health information—are compiled and edited by publishers. The publishers have carefully reviewed the information in the POWER LIBRARY e-resources for accuracy.

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Q: Who pays for POWER Library?

A: POWER Library is a service of Commonwealth Libraries, a Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is supported by the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.

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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.

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Q: What if I can’t find an answer to my question?

A: POWER LIBRARY offers 24/7 CHAT with a librarian. Ask a question, and you’ll either have an answer or be pointed in the right direction.

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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.

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