Pennsylvania Room

Pennsylvania Room hours (located on 3rd floor of Main Library)

Monday & Tuesday
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Wednesday
Closed

Thursday & Friday
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Saturday
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The Pennsylvania Room is a special collection of local history and genealogy for Reading and Berks County. This collection is not available for circulation but photocopies may be made of most items for a nominal fee. A staff member will be there to help you find the information you need. 

 If you live outside Berks County, please call 610.655.6355 or email reference@reading.lib.pa.us to answer any questions you might have.

The collection is dedicated to three primary areas:

  • pennsylvania-roomHistory of Berks County
  • History of the City of Reading
  • Genealogical resources of both

Resources include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Ancestry.com (Library Edition)
  • Archived City of Reading telephone directories and telephone books
  • Archived Berks County Suburban telephone directories
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil War Regimental History
    County & Township Histories
  • Family Histories
  • High School and College Yearbooks
  • Maps of Berks County and Reading
  • Reading Eagle microfilm as well as digital archive access (digital archives covers years October of 1989—present)