Hours and Admission

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Library Hours

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania library is open to the public Tuesday–Friday during the hours listed below. Note that entry to the library and paging end 45 minutes prior to close.

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Administrative Hours

Our administrative offices hold regular business hours 9 a.m.–5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday.  Although the library is not open for public use outside of the days and hours listed above, staff do schedule business appointments and meetings during morning hours and Mondays. It is always best to pre-arrange to meet with staff, rather than stop-in and ask for them during non-public hours. HSP's main entrance on Locust street opens daily at 9:15 a.m.

Library Admission

Individual daily rates to visit the library are:

Friends of HSP: FREE

General Admission: $10

All Students (with ID): FREE

All Military Members (with ID): FREE

Time Travelers Members: $5

Policies on Children:

  • Children are assumed to be students and have free admission to the library.

  • Children under kindergarten age are not permitted in the library (except to accompany their parents/guardians when viewing exhibits).

  • Children under 6th grade must be with a supervising adult in the library and in the front lobby. An adult accompanying a child researcher will be charged admission.  

Holidays and Closings 

HSP is regularly closed Monday, Saturday, and Sunday as well as on the following holidays:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Mon., Jan. 18th 

  • Presidents’ Day - Mon., Feb. 15th

  • Staff Holiday - Mon., April 5th

  • Memorial Day - Mon., May 31st

  • Juneteenth - Fri.,  Jun. 18th

  • Independence Day - Mon., July 5th

  • Labor Day - Mon., Sept. 6th

  • Thanksgiving Day - Thu., Nov. 25th

  • Thanksgiving Friday - Fri., Nov. 26th

  • Christmas Eve & Day - Fri., Dec 24th & Mon., Dec 27th

  • New Year’s Day - Fri., Dec. 31st

In the case of inclement weather, HSP follows the schedule of the School District of Philadelphia. Notice of all weather and emergency closings will be posted on our website and on our weather phone line at 215-732-6200 ext. 505.