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Local History at the Bethlehem Area Public Library

The Bethlehem Room

An invaluable resource for those interested in the rich history of our city, region and people, the Bethlehem Room at the central branch of Bethlehem Area Public Library offers visitors onsite access to non-circulating books, journals, pamphlets, directories, clippings, photographs, maps and other research materials housed in our local history collections. For more complete information on Collection holdings, search our on-line catalog.


Featured Collections:

Records of the Greater Bethlehem Area Council of Churches, 1956-2005
Reports, minutes, financial accounts, newsletters, publications, subject files, and clippings document the organization from its founding in 1956 to its dissolution in 2005.

Papers and Artwork of Christian Friedrich Hellener include materials relating to the history of the Hellener and Morey families, but perhaps more significantly include a fascinating collection of watercolors done by Mr. Hellener throughout the 19th century.

Refer to our finding aids for detailed information regarding these and other collections housed in the Bethlehem Room.

Bethlehem Room Hours

Monday through Wednesday, 10 am to 8 pm
Thursday and Friday, 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm


Additional resources:

Digital Imaging Request Form - PDF

State Fair Print Purchase Form - PDF


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