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State Library of Pennsylvania

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Address: 607 South Dr, Forum Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600
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Tue - Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2016
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Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania
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Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 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.

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Greensburg, PA, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 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.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 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.

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1 Thank Kilr0y_Waz_Here
California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 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.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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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1 Thank gregs3113
Harrisburg, Pa
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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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Thank Dan C
New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
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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
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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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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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