Library and Archives
The Library and Archives support the research, education, interpretive and resource management programs at Independence National Historical Park. The Library and Archives collect, preserve, and make available for research use to National Park Service staff and the general public, published and documentary material relating to:
The Reading Room is open for research Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (closed on federal holidays). Researchers will have access to the Reading Room only during the hours of operation.
Access by the general public to the Library and Archives is by appointment only. Researchers should submit a written request, detailing their research project to the Archivist and Library Manager.
The Library and Archives are located on the third floor of the Merchants' Exchange Building at 143 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106. Locate us using Google maps.
Did You Know?
Did you know Benjamin Franklin had a pet angora cat? When it died, he asked artist and natural historian Charles Willson Peale to preserve it through a taxidermy process.