Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pagan Library Opens in Nation's Capital

When I worked part-time at my college's library, I sometimes shared a shift with another student worker who identified as Wiccan. She would enter the library wearing black lace from head to toe, and often she would carry a book on witchcraft. I don't know if that book was easy to come by, but for people in the Washington, DC, area, finding such books got a lot easier with the opening of one of the first pagan libraries in the United States.

                                                                                                   Photo: The Wild Hunt
Open Hearth Foundation Library, a newly opened pagan library in DC.

The Open Hearth Foundation Library officially opened last month at 1502 Massachusetts Avenue in Southeast Washington, DC. Its opening "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," according to an April 16, 2012, article on The library's collection consists of more than 3,000 titles, 250 tarot decks, and 40 different periodical and newsletter series - all pertaining to pagan issues. Members can check out books for 28-day periods, but tarot decks and periodicals remain in-house. If you want to browse the library's catalog, you can at this link.

With a librarian on staff to assist with research, the Open Hearth Foundation Library is open every Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM.

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