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State Library of Pennsylvania

607 South Drive, Forum Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120
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Ranked #17 of 19 Attractions in Harrisburg
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Type: Libraries, Cultural
Tue - Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 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

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Harrisburg, Pa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 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 use when the library is open so few hours.

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New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 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. Around the corners, on the ceilings and on the walls are raised reliefs with figures... More 

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 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!

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State College, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

The genealogical, periodical, and law libraries are first rate. The main library collection is broad ranging and with excellent specialties such as map collections and Pennsylvania history. The main library is organized in a fascinating five story atrium with the stacks on balconies surrounding the atrium accessed by narrow stairs or ancient lifts.The circulation and research staff are very helpful.... More 

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