Hours and Admission
Due to COVID-19 Pandemic,
HSP is currently closed until further notice.
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: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Our administrative offices hold regular business hours 9 a.m.–5:30 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.
Individual daily rates to visit the library are:
Friends of HSP: FREE
General Admission: $8
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 - Thurs, Dec 23rd & Fri Dec 24th
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.