Governor Wolf Announces Funding for New Public Library in Leland Center Building in Allegheny County

August 16, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for major renovations to the first floor of the Leland Center building in Baldwin Borough, Allegheny County, that will repurpose the center into a modern and innovative public library for the community.

“Public libraries are essential to quality of life and civic education in our communities and proud to work with Baldwin Borough and Senator Brewster to expand the offerings and size of this important part of their community,” Governor Wolf said.

Baldwin Borough Public Library was approved for a $500,000 grant for the project, which includes a new parking area in front of the building with accessible spaces; renovation of the restrooms and all designed spaces to become ADA-compliant; significant expansion of connectivity and public access computers for patrons who are utilizing online resources to assist with job searches and career development; and construction of a 1,000-square-foot addition dedicated to youth services.

“Libraries are an integral part of any community – and the Baldwin Borough Public Library is no exception,” said Senator James Brewster. “The Baldwin Borough Library has been incredibly forward thinking in their 21st century strategic plan, and this funding will enable them to bring that plan to life. I am so proud to have been able to work with the Governor and the community to bring state funding back home.”

Baldwin Borough Public Library has outgrown its current facility and requires a larger space to accommodate the size of its collection and steadily increasing number of visitors. Creating a new library in this facility is essential for the long-term needs of the community and sustainability of library services. This project will create a safe, welcoming, modern community library and gathering space that is easily accessible for all residents and provides the library with a stable and permanent home in Baldwin Borough without putting excessive financial stress on residents.

Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.

MEDIA CONTACT: J.J. Abbott, 717-783-1116

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