Trail Closure, May 14-17, 2013
The walking trail from Sykes Avenue to the 20th Maine Monument and old Chamberlain Avenue is temporarily closed for repairs and paving. We anticipate it will reopen on Saturday, May 18.
Towers Closed For Inspection
Observation towers in the park will be temporarily closed for inspections on Thursday, May 16. The closures are: Oak Ridge Tower 8 AM-10 AM; Longstreet Tower 10 AM-12 PM; Culp's Hill Tower 12 PM-2 PM
Park Library & Research Center
Gettysburg National Military Park
The park library maintains a collection of books and manuscripts relative to the American Civil War, the Gettysburg Campaign, dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and the development, interpretation, and administration of Gettysburg National Military Park. Library holdings include books, bound volumes, vertical files, manuscripts, limited photographs, maps, microfilm and audio-visual materials. Within our collection are a number of rare first edition regimental histories, campaign studies, and memoirs accessible by permission only. Our purpose is to maintain a historic reference facility and a database for park staff to use for writing and planning park programs, to enhance the interpretation of the battlefield and National Cemetery, and provide our visitors with the best park experience available.
The library is open for public research by appointment only. Appointments must be made at least twenty four hours in advance. The library is open for research Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Use of the library may be limited on specific days throughout the year, regularly updated elsewhere on this page. Please note that the park library is closed on all Federal holidays.
Researchers are required to sign in each time they use the facility. Researchers are welcome to bring in laptop computers, digital cameras,notebook paper, and pencils, but personal files and paper collections are not allowed without pre-arrangement with library staff.
Access to the stacks, vertical files, and rare books is through the assistance of library staff only. Photocopies of materials will depend on the original's condition and any copyright restrictions. Requests for information about library collections can be made by mail or phone.
Policy on Requests for Duplicates: Effective June 6, 1998, requests for copies of material from the library must be made in writing and are limited to six requests per person per year. Copies are limited to 30 pages per request. We reserve the right to refuse requests to provide copies of entire files simply for personal collection. Some library holdings may not be reproduced due to poor condition or restricted use outside the park. Additionally, there are some documents we recommend be obtained from the original source or repository. Gettysburg National Military Park reserves the right to refuse any request for copies by parties outside of the National Park Service where conflict in copyright and ownership of materials may arise. The library staff is limited and replies will take time, so your patience is requested.
Gettysburg National Military Park
Phone: (717) 334-1124, ext. 1231 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST)
The park library is closed on all Federal holidays and will not be available for appointments on these dates in 2013:
Index of the Library Vertical Files and Archival Box Collections
The park Library and Research Center is organized into collections by subject matter and sorted by volume, source of the materials, collectionas, and the kind of materials that are housed for research. Our main two systems are the Vertical File Drawer Collection and the Archival Box Collection, the latter subdivided into collections donated to the park by researchers and authors. To view the indexes of these collections, please visit our LIBRARY RESOURCE GUIDE.
Local Gettysburg and Adams County History
Did You Know?
John Burns, a 72 year old veteran of the War of 1812 and resident of Gettysburg, fought side by side with Union soldiers on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg. His service is commemorated by a battlefield statue at Gettysburg National Military Park.