How do I view hidden folders?

I recently did a clean install of Lion on my MacBook Air and I have a copy of my previous home folder sitting on my desktop. How do I view the hidden Library folder that is in the previous home folder on my desktop? I'm sure there is an easy "Go to Folder" command, but I don't really know how the syntax for that is supposed to work so I can find it.
Thanks!

No, but you can hold down the option key while clicking on the 'Go' menu in the Finder menubar and that will show your current ~/Library folder in the menu, which you can then click on.
However, as I understood your original post, you're trying to look at a hidden folder on your desktop (an old Library folder? Not sure how that's happened, but anyway).
If you don't want to show ALL hidden files you can just make one specific file visible by using this command in Terminal instead of the global one I gave you before (NOTE: this assumes there is an invisible file on your desktop called 'Library'. If that's not the case, change the path to wherever the hidden file is):
chflags nohidden ~/Desktop/Library
Then press 'Return'. To make the same file hidden again just use:
chflags hidden ~/Desktop/Library
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