The Berks County Library Association is a non-profit organization of individuals whose principal interest is in promoting excellence in librarianship in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The Association has been in existence since 1967.

Members include librarians, information specialists, paraprofessionals, administrators, trustees and volunteers. Various institutions are represented as well, including academic, church, corporate, medical, public, and school libraries.

The general mailing address is:

Berks County Library Association
c/o:  Reading Public Library
100 S. 5th Street
Reading, PA 19602


The Berks County Library Association started in 1967 as an informal gathering of academic and special librarians. The original purpose of BCLA was to promote cooperation among local libraries and to help each other serve our respective clients. The association today serves as a resource for communication and professional development for librarians, and as a network for information sharing and interlibrary loan cooperation among all types of libraries.

Membership includes representatives from academic, public and school libraries in addition to corporate, technical and medical libraries. We also have individual members who are not associated with a specific library. All members are welcome to communicate through the BCLA listserv and our newsletter, The Shelflist.

Meetings are held several times during the year. Our programs are varied with speakers, tours, seminars, workshops, luncheons and field trips. In addition to formal programs, we also offer individual professional development grants.

BCLA invites you to work with us to promote library services in Berks County.