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Library Services

Doing research in a special collections library can be intimidating, especially if it's your first time. HSP's library staff is here to help researchers use our catalogs and research tools, find books on the open stacks, access books, manuscripts and other material from the closed stacks, and request reproductions for personal research use or for publication.

  • This service is especially useful to those who cannot visit the library in person. For a pre-paid fee, a skilled staff researcher will investigate and respond to your research request utilizing sources available in our library and manuscripts collections.

    Research by Mail

    This service is especially useful to those who cannot visit the library in person. For a pre-paid fee, a skilled staff researcher will investigate and respond to your research request utilizing sources available in our library and manuscripts collections.
  • Due to the unique and fragile nature of HSP's collections, the library staff asks researchers to cooperate in perserving these materials for future generations by complying with our policies.

    Library Policies

    Due to the unique and fragile nature of HSP's collections, the library staff asks researchers to cooperate in perserving these materials for future generations by complying with our policies.
  • Researchers who need copies of library materials for personal research use may request photocopies for a small fee, or use personal cameras to take pictures using a photography permission strip.

    Photocopies and Photography

    Researchers who need copies of library materials for personal research use may request photocopies for a small fee, or use personal cameras to take pictures using a photography permission strip.
  • he Historical Society of Pennsylvania is located at 1300 Locust Street in Philadelphia.  We are open for research Tuesdays through Fridays.

    Plan Your Visit

    he Historical Society of Pennsylvania is located at 1300 Locust Street in Philadelphia. We are open for research Tuesdays through Fridays.
  • In-house digital imaging reproduction services and permission to reproduce, publish, exhibit, or distribute images of HSP's collection materials are available, for a fee, through the Rights and Reproductions service.

    Rights and Reproductions

    In-house digital imaging reproduction services and permission to reproduce, publish, exhibit, or distribute images of HSP's collection materials are available, for a fee, through the Rights and Reproductions service.
  • Supporter level Friends and above may schedule a one-on-one research strategy interview with a member of our knowledgeable library staff. This will be an in-depth reference interview and will be more personal and focused than a general orientation.

    Research Strategy Interviews

    Supporter level Friends and above may schedule a one-on-one research strategy interview with a member of our knowledgeable library staff. This will be an in-depth reference interview and will be more personal and focused than a general orientation.
  • Friends of HSP at the Contributor level and above have the option of requesting research materials from other libraries through our InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service. This service enables Friends of HSP to spend less time traveling between institutions and more time researching.

    InterLibrary Loan Service

    Friends of HSP at the Contributor level and above have the option of requesting research materials from other libraries through our InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service. This service enables Friends of HSP to spend less time traveling between institutions and more time researching.
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Address

1300 Locust Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107 (map)
T: (215) 732-6200

F: (215) 732-2680

Library Hours

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.

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