The Access PA Catalog and ILL System is a coordinated resource-sharing program of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
The new Access PA Catalog is constantly being updated and as of December 2016, comprises of 8.4 million titles, including books, eBooks, periodicals, DVDs, and more. With over 42 million holdings, the Access PA Catalog was the first, and remains the largest, statewide bibliographic union catalog in North America.
Since April of 2002, over 1.5 million items, including books, eBooks, DVDs, journals, and more have been loaned throughout the Commonwealth. The Statewide Catalog does not replace strong, well-developed library collections. Individual libraries must continue to develop collections that meet the needs of their communities.
Currently, 2,538 institutions participate in the program:
- 133 Academic
- 609 High School
- 333 Middle School
- 814 Elementary School
- 559 Public
- 75 Special
- 15 Intermediate Units