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Pagan Library Opens in D.C.

Old book bindings at the Merton College librar...

Old book bindings

Are you a Pagan living in the D.C. area and can’t find any good books about your craft? Well the wait is over. Last Saturday evening the Open Hearth Foundation (OHF) officially launched the OHF Pagan Library. This event marks the opening of one of the first Pagan libraries in the country. It houses a  collection of (tangible) books, periodicals, & artifacts that are available. At the moment the collection consisted of more than 3,000 titles, 250 tarot decks, and 40 different periodical and newsletter series.

 

The official opening of the OHF Pagan Library is the culmination of over 10 years of fundraising, collecting & organizing books and safely storing them until a space could be found to house it all. Since signing a lease for the space in October 2011, volunteers have logged over 1,500 hours organizing the collection, as well as preparing the physical space–painting, moving furniture, assembling shelves, and installing lighting.

 

“None of this would have been possible without a dedicated group of volunteers who carried boxes, built shelves, sorted, searched, catalogued, numbered and shelved thousands of books,” OHF Library Trustee and Library Volunteer Coordinator, Aderyn Benvenga.

 

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Rare and antique books

The library will also be open to every Sunday from 1-5pm for those who wish to browse the collection with a librarian available for research assistance. Members can check out books for a period of 28 days, and periodicals and tarot decks can be used in house.  The library catalog is searchable online at: library.openhearth.org. Users can browse and search for titles, as well as reserve books to check out.

 

“We have designed the OHF Library according to professional principles and best practices for a community library with full searching capability available online,” said OHF Librarian, Eric (Fritter) Riley.

The library will also be open during public events at the OHF Center, with book discussions and other library events planned. Announcements for book discussions and future library events, and well as membership and volunteering can be found on the the OHF Website www.openhearth.org and Facebook pages.

 

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3 Responses to Pagan Library Opens in D.C.

  1. J. Wolffe

    April 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Announcements for book discussions and future library events, and well as membership and volunteering can be found on the the OHF Website http://www.openhearth.org and Facebook pages.

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  3. Stephan Grundy

    April 17, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Hello,

    My legal name is Dr. Stephan Grundy (best known as author of *Rhinegold* and other novels, and academic in the field of historical Old Norse religion), but you may know me better as KveldúlfR Gundarsson, author of books on runic magic and the practice of Northern European religion. I should be pleased to assist you in any way I can, as something like this has long been a dream of mine. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.