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Collections Available at the State Library

General Collections
The State Library of Pennsylvania serves the information and research needs of all branches of State Government with a collection emphasis on materials for, by and about Pennsylvania. Search the collection through the State Library Catalog.

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Law Library
The State Law Library has an extensive law collection consisting of the laws, regulations, and higher court decisions of the U.S. government and all fifty states which can be searched through the State Library Catalog . This area also provides access to the State and Federal Documents collections.

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Digital Library Collection

State Library Digital Collections Our mission includes an effort to preserve, digitize and provide widespread access to items of historical significance to Pennsylvania. This growing collection includes items about Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Coal Mining in Pennsylvania, Farming in Pennsylvania, Fort Necessity, Pennsylvania Capitol Centennial, Pennsylvania Agency Historical Reports, Pennsylvania Genealogy, Pennsylvania Historical Newspapers, Pennsylvania Native Americans, Pennsylvania Regimental Histories, U.S. Civil War.

State Library Databases The State Library subscribes to a wide variety of online databases. Subjects include: biography, books, libraries and literature, business and computers, education, genealogy, general research, government, law and codes, health and medicine, history, culture and geography, maps and statistics, newspapers, religion and philosophy, and science. These databases are available in the State Library or by remote access to active State Government employees with a current State Library card.

POWER Library The POWER Library provides access to thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, and reference materials for people of all ages.

Pennsylvania State Agency Historical Collection A collection of historical reports from various state agencies including health, education, agriculture, environment, labor & industry, mining, and penitentiary available in full-text through the Access Pennsylvania Digital Repository.

Ben Franklin Collection During the celebration of the 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, the State Library gathered together a collection of books ‘By and About Ben’. Included is a comprehensive bibliography of materials and websites ,as well as access to the digitized materials.

The Access Pennsylvania catalog is a project of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. It was started in 1985 as a way to provide a union catalog across the State of Pennsylvania. It was the first and remains the largest statewide union catalog that includes the holdings of all types of libraries.

Rare Collections Library 

The Rare Collections of the State Library of Pennsylvania are comprised of six groups: (1) The Assembly Collection, (2) The Pennsylvania Imprint Collection, (3) The Rare Collection, (4) The Pamphlet Collection, (5) The Rare Newspapers Collection, (6) The “Transitionally” Rare Collection, and (7) The Pennsylvania Graphica Collection.


For additional information, please contact:

Alice Lubrecht | Director
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of State Library
607 South Drive. Forum Building | Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600
Phone: 717.783.5968 | Fax: 717.772.8268
alubrecht@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us