Genealogy & Local History

Genealogy Services

The Reference staff is able to look for and copy newspaper articles (weddings, obituaries) for long-distance (out-of-county) patrons. There is a research fee of $10.00 (up to 30 minutes) for any requests made by mail or email. A maximum of 2 hours per request will be provided, for a total of $40.00. Payment is required regardless of outcome, and may be required in advance.

We have Reading Eagle and Reading Times newspapers archived on microfilm dating back to 1858.

We encourage in-county residents to visit the library to conduct research.


Please contact the Reference Desk at (610) 655-6355 or for additional details.

The Pennsylvania Room offers additional resources for local history and genealogy research.  “PA Room Hours and Information

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