Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Historic Partnership between the Big Three Lehigh Valley Libraries

I love a library, and especially love a strategic partnership. Kudos to the libraries and the Community Foundation for making it happen!

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has awarded $22,500 for the purchase of a delivery van for the Millennium Project. The Millennium Project is a cooperative effort of the Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton public libraries to share resources, save costs and more efficiently serve the public. The project was conceived by the directors of the three libraries. The directors and staff have been meeting for over a year to facilitate best practices and identical borrowing policies. The three libraries already share an online catalog system. The van will enable daily deliveries between the three libraries. The delivery service will be less expensive than interlibrary loan which is the current method to fulfill patron requests for materials from other libraries.

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation is a collaboration among area philanthropists to improve the quality of life in our region. They awarded a substantial number of grants to area nonprofits totaling $1,748,935 last year. The South Side Branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library benefitted from a Lehigh Valley Community Foundation $5000 grant for the recent renovations to the first floor.

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