Turning Outward Initiative

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has engaged The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation to work with Pennsylvania public libraries to understand and implement Harwood’s “turning outward” approach toward making decisions about library services.  Mt. Lebanon Public Library was selected as one of the libraries to participate in this initiative.

The intent of the Turning Outward initiative is to:

  • Develop library organizations and staff who are Turned Outward—where the community is the reference point for making decisions;
  • Generate strategies and actions that make public libraries more relevant and significant in the life of the community, and seeks to address local financial concerns;
  • Forge partnerships and relationships that make community a common enterprise;
  • Instill a more vibrant, outward-looking culture.

For questions about the Turning Outward initiative, email info@mtlebanonlibrary.org.


As part of this initiative, the library will be asking patrons to fill out a Community Survey with their thoughts on what kind of community they want to live in.

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Additionally, the library will be holding several community conversations to gain insight about our shared aspirations for our community. Sign up below.

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IMLS Funding Acknowledgement

This project is made possible by federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.