A change is coming to The Library. Be part of the transformation.

A change is coming to The Library. Be part of the transformation.

A change is coming to The Library. Be part of the transformation.

Help Create a Place to Belong.

Join us in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a welcoming space for people of all walks of life, for generations to come.

For more than 100 years, the McCormick Riverfront Library has been intentional in responding to community needs. Now more than ever, the community is calling upon its trusted institutions to provide safe and inclusive community spaces.

This project marks an extraordinary moment in Harrisburg’s history as we work collectively to expand The Library’s physical space with vision and purpose and extend its positive impact throughout the community.

The proposed transformation of the McCormick Riverfront Library and the adjacent Haldeman Haly House to public, institutional, and educational use will be one of the most significant historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects to occur in Harrisburg in more than 25 years.

It’s a vision designed for our people, stories, and neighborhoods.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the story.

Project Highlights

Reimagined children’s spaces

Children need a safe and dedicated space to learn and grow in downtown Harrisburg. That’s our vision. 75% of Harrisburg’s children lack access to pre-K activities. Responding to this and other needs identified by our neighbors, we will collaborate with community-based organizations to improve access and provide learning support that emphasizes science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and math (STREAM). The new space will offer a multi-purpose space for classroom and club visits, performances and other group activities.

Introducing the T. Morris Chester Welcome Center

Harrisburg has a storied history, and the T. Morris Chester Welcome Center will bring it to life! Honoring the legacy of  T. Morris Chester—a groundbreaking African American Civil War correspondent, lawyer, and soldier—the new entrance and lobby will create a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible portal to the library. The city’s history is diverse, inspiring, and often overlooks figures who have made significant contributions. The center will serve as a collection point for historical writings, maps, tours, and events that more fully reflect our collective history.

Expanded community spaces

Relocating office space and meeting rooms to the Haldeman Haly House will allow significantly more space for other valued library functions: computer usage, reading, business services, and studying. The reconfiguration will also benefit the empathy driven services provided by the library through community partnerships with Dauphin County Human Services, Downtown Daily Bread, and others.

Augmented reality/virtual reality learning experiences for all ages

With significantly expanded facility space, we will now be able to embrace virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies and programs for users of all ages, complementing the high-tech learning hub forming downtown. VR allows library users to travel to completely simulated environments. AR allows users to view space in layers—using digital information from the real world to deepen exploration and overall learning experience.

News & Construction Updates

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McCormick Riverfront Library begins expansion project

McCormick Riverfront Library begins expansion project

October 14, 2021 HARRISBURG, Pa. — The McCormick Riverfront Library is continuing to make updates to its buildings, this time with an expansion project. The $3.5 million “Your Place to Belong” expansion project involves connecting the library with the adjacent former...

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PA Department of Education Celebrates Library Groundbreaking

PA Department of Education Celebrates Library Groundbreaking

Expansion and Renovation of Two Historic Buildings Will Provide More Space, Services for CommunityHarrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Department of Education Acting Deputy Secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) Susan Banks today joined Dauphin County...

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A View from the Skies

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