Research Resources
Foundation Center Partner Collection
In cooperation with the Foundation Center in New York City, the Reading Public Library has been designated as an affiliated Foundation Center Collection that assists local nonprofit organizations in identifying sources of grants and foundation funding.

Government Documents Collection
The Reading Public Library has been a selective depository of government documents for the 6th U.S. Congressional District since 1901. Professional library staff select government publications that are known or believed to be useful to the general public, and to special interest groups such as students and business people. Since 1996, electronic records of many documents have been downloaded into the ALIN system, making government publications as accessible to the public as other library materials through the online catalog. The Goverment Printing Office also makes some documents available via the Internet through GPO Access.


Reference Materials Collection
Our Reference Library contains a large assortment of up-to-date materials, including Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Historical materials, Phone books, Local, State, and Federal Documents, Legal texts, College resources, and Computer databases full of various information for businesses and government needs. Also, our top-notch staff can assist you with your research questions and point you in the right direction to get the information you need.


Reading Eagle Archives
The Reading Public Library has purchased the Reading Eagle Archives that enables word searching in the Reading Times/Reading Eagle back to October 1, 1989. The archives are available at the Main Library ONLY. For questions about using the archives, please contact the reference department at 610-655-6355.


Spanish Language Collection
We carry a large variety of Spanish-language materials, including Books, Magazines, Audio and Video materials, and more.


Childrens' Resources Collection
In our Children's Library, besides a wide variety of great books, cassettes, and videos for kids, there are also many educational and interactive resources, like multimedia CD-ROMs and Encyclopedias.


Pennsylvania Historical Collection
The Pennsylvania Room is located at the Main Library on the second floor. Check with reference for times of operation.


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