|NEW! Speed-search our member libraries using this custom Google search tool!
Enter your search terms here and go -- Google will search the PACSCL site and the sites of all of its member libraries! A really good quick way to find out which libraries can help you -- or whether another topic might be better. (Tip: this tool searches websites but not library catalogs. You'll still want to go to the individual library sites to reach their catalogs.)
National History Day Participant:
for deciding to pay a real or virtual visit to libraries that
hold rare or unique materials relating to the history and
culture of our city, our region, our nation, and the world.
hold more than 4,000,000 rare books, 260,000 linear feet of
manuscripts and archival materials (that would make a stack
of paper more than 45 miles high!), and 9,000,000 photographs,
maps, architectural drawings, and works of art on paper. Many
PACSCL libraries have rare or unique audio and video recordings
in PACSCL member collections can help you add an important
dimension to your project, deepen your understanding of your
topic, and sharpen your competitive edge. Use these resources
on the PACSCL website and on the NHD/Philly homepage to help
you get started.
profiles and weblinks. These short descriptions
of our member libraries will help you to decide whether
or not their collections may have items that will help to
make your project a standout. Once you've read the descriptions,
take the link to the library's website. Look for section
labels such as "collections," "finding aids,"
"digital collections," and "online exhibitions."
These area will give you an idea of the kinds of materials
a library will have to offer. Or streamline the process by using the new Google search tool (above).
This is a link to our members' online catalogs. Use it as
a reference to search our member library holdings -- but
remember, not all of our members have online records for
all of their materials.
for using a rare book and manuscript library. It's
a little different from your media center or local library,
but once you get the hang of it, you'll find that research
with our member libraries is surprisingly easy and exciting.
(We put this together for the NHD/Philly site.)
on the right take you right to our members' websites.