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State Library of Pennsylvania

607 South Dr, Forum Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600
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Genealogical Research

I spent most of my time here researching my family tree. They have EXCELLENT resources for the... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2016
Toledo, Ohio
A fabulous spot!

If you love books and architecture, this place is for you! Any resident of PA can get a State... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2016
Ellen S
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607 South Dr, Forum Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

I spent most of my time here researching my family tree. They have EXCELLENT resources for the state of Pennsylvania and the staff were great - very friendly, professional, and helpful.

Thank erindent
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

If you love books and architecture, this place is for you! Any resident of PA can get a State Library card, and they have an amazing collection by, for, and about Pennsylvania! The building has stunning Art Deco elements and is open Tuesday through Thursday...More

Thank Ellen S
Reviewed 3 May 2016

The staff here were very helpful during a recent visit. They are very knowledgeable regarding historical documentation and enjoy sharing their knowledge with others.

1  Thank Debbie S
Reviewed 18 March 2016

This is a beautiful place and a great resource for Pennsylvania residents. However, their hours are limited and I think they are open only one Saturday a month, so check before you go.

Thank Judith K
Reviewed 19 August 2015

Nice to have quality library like this in our state capital! And it attached to the gorgeous "Forum" indoor performance space which is wide and sprawling with the havens painted on the ceiling.

1  Thank Kilr0y_Waz_Here
Reviewed 19 June 2015

This was interesting to see. A library in one of those older marble buildings. The collection is extensive, and there are a number of nooks and crannies to sit in and peruse a book.

2  Thank TravelingNurseJenn
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Love going to this place. Have researched ancestors and military interests there on numerous occasions, always illuminating. This as so many places in Harrisburg is a wonderful resource but limited in its enjoyment but the parking difficulty at times

1  Thank gregs3113
Reviewed 1 October 2013

State budget cuts have taken their toll on the Pennsylvania State Library. It is no longer open on any evening, nor on Saturdays, and has very limited hours during the work week. It has a fantastic collection of rsearch materials, but they are difficult to...More

Thank Dan C
Reviewed 24 May 2013

The building is thoughtfully decorated in a manner reminiscent of the height of the Art Deco movement in the early twentieth century. There are marble entryways and gilded lighting fixtures that resemble sculpture rather than electrical devices. The floor resembles a stone parquet-like triangle design....More

6  Thank cecimino
Reviewed 1 February 2012

The very helpful and knowledgeable staff here will guide around the library's many treasures. Especially notable is their statewide newspaper collection and the Genealogy and family history collections. Don't forget to look up to view the decorative ceiling!

5  Thank Stokley
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