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?
In the summer of 1793 “ten thousand people in the streets of Philadelphia … threatened to drag Washington out of his house, and effect a Revolution in Government” but an outbreak of yellow fever dispersed the mob and saved the national government. (J Adams to T Jefferson, June 30, 1813)