The Historical Society of Pennsylvania's special collections library is located at 1300 Locust Street in Philadelphia and open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays.

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The Historical Society of Pennsylvania's special collections library is located at 1300 Locust Street in Philadelphia and open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays. With more than 21 million items in our collections, HSP encourages visitors to use our online catalog and collection information before your visit to make library time as productive as possible. Additionally, we strongly recommend that researchers bring a camera in case they wish to make reproductions for research purposes.

The video below gives an introduction and orientation for visitors to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. For a complete script, click here.

  • HSP is located in Center City Philadelphia near City Hall and mass transit stations.

    Address and Directions

    HSP is located in Center City Philadelphia near City Hall and mass transit stations.
  • The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library is open to the public Tuesday–Friday.

    Hours and Admissions

    The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library is open to the public Tuesday–Friday.
  • Let us be of service to you!

Please let us know of any special needs in advance of your visit so that we may ensure you have a pleasant experience.

    Accessibility

    Let us be of service to you!

    Please let us know of any special needs in advance of your visit so that we may ensure you have a pleasant experience.
  • Groups are welcome to research at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania during regular library hours.

    Group Visits

    Groups are welcome to research at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania during regular library hours.
  • This page is designed to inform researchers of all levels of how the HSP library operates and how to more successfully conduct research here. 

    Researching at HSP

    This page is designed to inform researchers of all levels of how the HSP library operates and how to more successfully conduct research here. 
  • Yes, there are rules.

    Library Policies

    Yes, there are rules.
  • Of course you have questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Of course you have questions
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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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