State Library of Pennsylvania

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State Library of Pennsylvania
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Contact Information



Also known as Bureau of State Library
Forum Building
607 South Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600

Telephone:[1]  717-783-5950
Fax:  717-772-8268

Hours and holidays:[1]  Tuesday-Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed:  Sunday, Monday, Friday, Saturday and the following State Holidays:  New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and every four years on the Inauguration Day of the Pennsylvania governor.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:[2]

  • Location: Forum Building, Commonwealth Avenue and Walnut Street, Harrisburg. The main entrance is on South Drive facing Soldiers' Grove behind the State Capitol.
  • Map of Capitol Complex (pdf)
  • Directions: See MapQuest or Google Maps. (Be sure to enter the State Library location as Commonwealth Avenue and Walnut Street.)
  • Parking: There are several free visitor spaces on South Drive near the main library entrance. Metered spaces are available on Walnut Street. See the Harrisburg Parking Authority website for parking garages within walking distance.
  • Accessibility: The Library is accessible for individuals with disabilities through the main entrance. Any individuals needing further assistance should contact library staff

Internet sites and databases:

  • The State Library of Pennsylvania Home page Library Resources, State Library News, Reference Services, Collections, Mission, and Genealogy and Local History.
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Collection Description




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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Contact at Bureau of State Library] (accessed 24 September 2012).
  2. Directions, maps, parking