Pennsylvania Room

Pennsylvania Room

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

Monday & Tuesday4:00 – 7:00 pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday & Friday1:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturday12:00 – 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:

• History 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)