Reading Public Library is proud to have a rich collection of reference materials online and in print, as well as a very capable staff of librarians to help provide this information to you. Ready reference and research assistance are available upon request. Training in the use of library equipment, databases, or other technology can be arranged.

Phone: (610) 655-6355

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Reading Public Library
c/o Reference Department
100 South Fifth Street
Reading, PA 19602-1602

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Reference Assistance – The reference staff can assist you with your research needs. We can help you find the information you want and help you use the various technologies and tools used to retrieve the best resources or referrals. See Contact Reference. Other services include:

  • Computer Workstations & wifi
  • Classes & Programs
  • Fax Service
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Request for Purchase


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Collections – The Reading Public Library Main Branch has a broad range of print and non-print resources available for use. Some but not all are listed below:

  • eBooks (and other digital content).
  • Fiction Books (Popular, Mystery, Science Fiction, Urban Fiction, Western, etc.)
  • Federal Government
  • PA Government
  • Local Government
  • Grants & Foundation Center
  • Magazines
  • Maps & Atlases
  • Multimedia (CDs, DVDs, & Blu-rays)
  • Reading Eagle Collection – Explore Reading history through local news, events and people. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Available remotely 24/7 on any device.
  • Non-Fiction Books (Philosophy, Religion, Science, Crafts, Cookery, etc.)
  • Pennsylvania Room (Local history & Genealogy)
  • Reference Collection (Business, Medical, General)
  • Spanish Language

Book Discussions – Get together with others to discuss selected books. Click here for more information.

Computer & Internet Classes – Several classes are held each month on various topics (Beginner skills, searching methods, email, Word, Excel, etc.). Classes are focused for the beginner, so have no fear sign up today by contacting the reference department.

Guest Speakers & Presenters – Throughout the year guest speakers and presenters come to the library and give presentations on various topics free to the public. Click here for details.

Berks Online Job Search – Need help finding a job? Bringing together direct links to over 200 Berks-related job sites, RPL’s Berks Online Job Search went live March 2009. You can find listings for small and large local businesses, current job postings, and state and federal government positions – all just looking for the right candidate.

eBooks – All you need to borrow digital titles (books, audiobooks, videos, and more) from your library is an internet connection and a library card. Sign up today for free!

Databases – Please see our full range of databases under the DATABASES tab at the top of this page.

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Pathfinders (Library Guides) – The reference department has prepaid guides that can help you locate the best on a range different topics. These are available online digitally and in the library in print copies.