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Come visit the coolest place in the Capitol Complex – the Rare Collections room at the State Library!

At a constant 55 degrees and low humidity, it’s a great place to escape the summer heat and see the rare and historic books that the library is preserving for our future generations. Meet Dr. Iren Snavely, Rare Books Librarian! Our first featured selection of rare books will get you in the summer spirit with beautiful illustrations of Pennsylvania’s native plants and gardens. Make sure to pick up a handout in the lobby with tips on getting your garden growing, and have a look at an exhibit of documents relating to World War II “Victory Gardens” in the Main Reading Room! You can borrow a great selection of gardening books with your State Library Card. Don’t have one yet? Just ask!

The Rare Collections Room, on the ground floor of the Forum Building, will be open from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18th.

The State Library’s Reading Rooms are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, the Main and Genealogy/Local History Reading Rooms are open the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Come visit to check out our Pennsylvania stories.


For additional information, please contact:

Kathy Hale | Government Documents Library/Access/Systems Supervisor
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of State Library
607 South Drive. Forum Building | Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600
Phone: 717.787.2327
kahale@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us