State Library of Pennsylvania

Location: 607 South Drive
Mailing Address: 333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126-1745
717-787-4440 voice
717-772-8268 fax
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
  • Alice Lubrecht, Director, Bureau of State Library
  • Iren L. Snavely, Rare Book Librarian

The State Library of Pennsylvania collects and preserves our written heritage through materials published for, by, and about Pennsylvania. Collection strengths are Pennsylvania newspapers, genealogy, pamphlets, and the General Assembly Collection.

The collection's core is the Assembly Collection. Now numbering over 400 volumes, these are books that were purchased by Pennsylvania's legislators beginning in 1745 to serve their needs in governing the commonwealth. Made up mostly of law books, the Assembly Collection also contains dictionaries, and books on architecture, philosophy, history and religion. One of the central jewels in this crown is the 1739 Assembly Bible, upon which generations of Pennsylvania's elected leaders have taken their oaths of office. The whole Assembly Collection is currently being conserved and restored after receiving more that 250 years of use.