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We Moved!

Relocated Due to Forum Building Renovations

Due to extensive Forum Building renovations, the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, including the State Library of Pennsylvania, has relocated to several locations in the Harrisburg Capitol campus for the next several years.  New locations, directions, hours, etc. are available below:

Frequently Asked Questions

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Request All State Library Items One Week in Advance

Only a small portion of the collection is available onsite at the Commonwealth Keystone Building.  State Library staff may only retrieve items about once a week from the Forum Building.

Therefore, all items must be requested at least one business week before a visit to the library.  Unfortunately, construction schedules may prevent access to parts of the collection. State Library staff will try to notify visitors in advance if an item is unavailable.

What library materials are usually available onsite and don't need to be requested?

A small number of library materials were moved from the Forum Building to the Commonwealth Keystone Building.  These do not need to be requested in advance:

  • Genealogy: Materials from Pennsylvania's counties, including cemetery listings, immigration indexes, baptismal, marriage or other listings, city directories microfilm, and genealogy/local history microfiche.
  • Law: PA Code, Purdon's, PA Bulletin from 1971-1994, selected Pennsylvania Bar Institute materials.
  • General reference: Selected reference materials, mostly resources for librarians to assist the public with searches.
  • Government documents: Only those documents acquired during the renovation period (2019-2021).
  • Electronic resources: Access to all electronic resources, including Ancestry.com and Westlaw.
  • Newspapers [Microfilm]: Selected newspaper microfilm.
  • Newspapers [Print]: Daily newspapers, with a few months of backfiles.

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