19 March 2010

My Favorite Library-Allen County Public Library

Fort Wayne, Indiana is home to Allen County Public Library. What is so special about this library you ask? It has a wonderful Genealogy Center on the second floor. This library resources are so vast that they have East of the Mississippi resources and records on one side and West of the Mississippi on the other side. In addition, they have a large selection for Canadian, British Isles, African-American and American Indian research. Also, they are host to the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), which is an index for genealogical and historical periodicals. You can stop at the Ask desk where you will find very friendly, helpful people. You can register for a guest pass to use the computers. You can bring your own computer, each research table is equipped with electricity. Copy cards are available for your copying needs or each machine accepts cash. In order to maximize your time at the library, use their online catalog before going to the library. Check out the link above for more information on their resources. If you get hungry there is cafe on the first floor or check out the Old Firehouse Cafe, just a short walk on W. Washington. The cafe is on the second floor of an old firehouse. The first floor houses a museum of Fort Wayne firefighter history. Old Firehouse Cafe is open 11-2 for lunch. They have delicious lunches, but take note cash only!  (UPDATE NOTE:  OLD FIREHOUSE CAFE IS NOW CLOSED)

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