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Allen County Public Library

900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 421-1200
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Ranked #1 of 23 Attractions in Fort Wayne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Type: Libraries, Cultural
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Fort Wayne
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I love the Allen County Library system here! It is the best! the staff are wonderful and they have so much under one roof! This library is the 2nd largest genology library in the world and provide assistance to those who need help getting started, free access to ancestry.com and loads of other helps. The children's department is great! I... More 

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Fort Wayne, In
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Allen County Library boast a well-respected genealogical library. When I've traveled out of town to haunt old graveyards, other genealogists invariably recognize Fort Wayne as having a well known library. Besides extensive genealogical holdings, the ACL has a great DVD section with lots of classics besides newer releases, a much-enjoyed juvenile and children's sections, and a small coffee shop. Parking... More 

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fort wayne. Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

we have the second largest genology department in the united states. People come from all over to just visit that department

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Milan Ctr, IN
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Started doing my genealogy here by accident while doing a building tour with the FD. Been back many times since. The staff can help you if you are a beginner or an expert. Every time I hit a dead end, I move to a different branch of the family tree. By the time I come back around I almost always... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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75 reviews 75 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We just moved to Fort Wayne recently and I've visited once and got my card and checked out 4 books. The worker was very helpful and gave me a tour of the library and I think I'm going to enjoy getting my books from this branch.

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Great place, lots of helpful staff, and friendly people. We were able to make good progress on our family histories. This library has memberships to many geneological websites. You can access them for free here!

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The downtown public library has an absolutely gigantic volume of material on genealogy. Since I have lived in Fort Wayne all of my life, I have made an endless number of trips to the downtown library and other branches. The downtown branch has the added plus of having a coffee shop/donuts/sandwiches attached to the building. The library material checkout process... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I've heard so much about the extensive holdings of the genealogical library, and the department lived up to its reputation. There was an extra-large room filled with materials for domestic research and a large-size room for foreign research. My focus was the foreign research room. I found what I needed on a shelf of a motorized bookcase. Bookcases are stacked... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The genealogy center here is amazing. They have so many reference materials that you could easily be overwhelmed. Be sure to check their online catalogue before going and have a list so you can make the most of your time. The staff is nice and the security people are welcoming as you come in. There is a Dunkin Donut shop... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

They have a great genealogy department, 1000s of books, and books on tape. You can search online and even renew your books online.

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