An Overview of PALCI

The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc.—better known as PALCI—formed in 1996 as a grassroots federation of 35 academic libraries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Today, the PALCI membership consists of nearly 70 academic and research libraries, private and public, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, and New York. Member institutions range from small liberal arts colleges to publicly funded universities to ARL institutions to the State Library of Pennsylvania. Libraries in PALCI have holdings in excess of 144 million and a combined FTE of more than 500,000 students.

PALCI’s mission is to build access through collaboration among academic libraries in Pennsylvania and the neighboring states. To do so, PALCI

  • Coordinates resource-sharing through services such as E-ZBorrow and RapidILL
  • Provides opportunities for cooperative purchasing of electronic resources from major vendors, such as Gale, ProQuest, Wiley, and many scholarly societies
  • Leverages economy of scale to expand access to shared eBook collections through consortial DDA, EBA, subscription and bulk purchasing programs
  • Collaborates on collection development and management initiatives, such as remote storage, a shared serials archive, digital collections, and disaster planning
  • Fosters a program of free reciprocal faculty borrowing privileges among select member libraries
  • Facilitates PA Digital, the state-wide initiative of cultural heritage institutions making Pennsylvania's extraordinary digital assets available to the world through the Digital Public Library of America 
  • Promotes networking and professional development among academic library colleagues throughout the region

Member libraries enjoy an active program of resource-sharing, cooperative purchasing, collaborative collection development, and professional engagement. If you’re an academic or research library located in the PALCI region, you can’t afford not to be a member!

To find out more about the benefits of membership to you and your library, browse our website or please contact Cathy Wilt at or 484.463.7502. 

Participate in the power of collaboration!