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Sarah Greene

I’m very excited to announce that Sarah Greene has accepted the position of Director, Bureau of State Library (BSL) with the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL).  Sarah will join our leadership team late January 2019. Greene’s Career Sarah is well-qualified for this position....

Larry Nesbit

  I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in August 1970 and began work at Mansfield University a few weeks later as the education librarian.  It was a perfect match for me because it permitted me to use my undergraduate and graduate backgrounds in education, as well...

    Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Commonwealth Libraries Glenn Miller, Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries released: Wednesday, August 22, 2018     State Library of Pennsylvania Director As I said in an email to you earlier this...

Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development The mission of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development (GAC) is to formulate plans, recommend policy, and advocate for strong library services and initiatives that enable all Pennsylvanians to be inspired and...

Renovations of the Law/Government Documents Area of the State Library are Finished! The area is scheduled to reopen to the public for Law Day on May 1, 2018 at 9:30 am. Come and see our beautiful space that the Capitol Preservation Committee restored back to the original grandeur...

Checkout the latest episode of the PA LAunchPod podcast!  It features Iren Snavely, librarian for the Rare Book Collection at the State Library of Pennsylvania.  The podcast host is Tom Berman. Snavely discusses some of the challenges of balancing access and preservation, and...

Robert Burns

Celebrate Burns Day with the State Library! Rare Collections Open House and Guest Speakers from the Scottish Society of Central PA Where: State Library of Pennsylvania, Green Room and Rare Collections Rooms.  Ground Floor Forum Building, 607 South Drive, Harrisburg, PA When:...

Ray Schott retired from volunteering in genealogy at the State Library this month.  He is 93 years old.  Read more in this Altoona Mirror article! ...

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  Spooky Tours… We are summoning the spirits to the State Library and reanimating the spooky tours again this year. Share a frightful, delightful lunch hour with the ghosts of the State Library! Curiosities from the Rare Collections on Display Friday November 3rd from...

The STAR Library Network (STAR_Net) reports that over 7,000 libraries are hosting eclipse events! Check out this map for locations. Libraries across Pennsylvania are planning events and providing special  glasses for their patrons.  Here’s a sample of what some are doing: Altoona...