Friday, August 12, 2016

Libraries of the World: Hamburg, PA

Photo from Welcome to Historic Hamburg
Have you ever been in the Hamburg Public Library in Hamburg, Pennsylvania? It's a part of the Berks County Public Library System. On December 8, 1988, the Hamburg Public Library was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

"Within Berks County, the library has the distinction of being the longest continuing library, the first building designed as a library that is still in use today, and the first library built with funds from the industrialist giant, Andrew Carnegie. 

The copper cupola roof was renovated in 2002. The rotunda in the inside is impressive, and much of the interior (wooden bookshelves, circulation desk, round bench in the entry) are original. Note the tin ceiling." (From "Historical and Architectural Tour of Downtown Hamburg, Pennsylvania").   

The Hamburg Public Library is located at 35 North Third Street and is open 10:00-8:00 on Mondays, 12:00-8:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-5:00 on Wednesdays and Fridays, and 9:00-4:00 on Saturday. It is closed on Saturdays in July and August and closed on Sundays year-round.

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