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.
“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.
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.