The Library is a great source of local historical information in many different formats. We have histories of our region, counties, and communities. We have a solid collection of railroad history books and photographs.
The Altoona Area Public Library offers local history books in digital format to preserve the history of the area. In recent years, we have seen an increasingly urgent need to find a way to capture the information about our past from books that are crumbling with age. Many of the books in our Pennsylvania Room collection are in very brittle condition and deteriorate more each time they are handled.
In a digital format, the information can easily be read and studied without causing further harm to the original publications. We hope this will preserve our local history well into the future for anyone who may be interested.
The Pennsylvania Room, located on the 2nd floor balcony, is full of books of local significance. It is dedicated to the illustrious histories of Pennsylvania, its Counties, and our local towns and cities including Altoona, Claysburg, Hollidaysburg, Martinsburg, Roaring Spring, Tyrone, Williamsburg, and many more.
Through the generosity of the Blair County Genealogical Society, we have many of their publications available for use in research.
New resources digitized by Penn State and the Library of Congress: