Libraries offers website resource

The Pennsylvania POWER Library, unveiling a new look, is now all on one website – – and allows users to chat with a librarian, search e-resources, or find a book or photo from a library across the state.

POWER Library is the online portal to all Pennsylvania libraries.Users have free access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases and eBooks at all hours of the day. Librarians are on call to direct users to websites and e-resources and recommend keywords and search terms.

POWER Library gives Pennsylvanians access to authoritative, subscription-only information not available through free search engines or web directories.

Most of the site is open for browsing, but to use the online e-resources, users must have a library card issued by a Pennsylvania library or obtain an eCard that allows access to the POWER Library e-resources.

Information on obtaining a library card or on POWER Library is available at the Avella Public Library, Burgettstown Community Library and Heritage Public Library.

The Avella library is open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, noon to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed Fridays and Saturday. It is located at the Avella Community Center at 11 School Court. For information, call (724) 587-5688.

The Burgettstown library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays; 9 a.m. to noon, Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The library is closed Sundays. It is located at 2 Kerr St. For information, call (724) 947-9780.

Heritage library is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. It is located at 52 Fourth St., McDonald. For information, call (724) 926-8400.

POWER Library is an integral part of Information Literacy, a component of the PA Forward initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association, promoting the value of libraries in the 21st Century.

Libraries help all Pennsylvanians learn how to use online resources and current technology to fully participate in a digital society. POWER Library is a service of Commonwealth Libraries, a Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is supported by the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.