The Library Reading Room is the research portal into the Park's collections. Reference staff are available by phone, email, fax or in person by appointment to assist you with your research in all of the Park's collections--with books, photographs, or even the objects cared for by collections staff.
Within the Library itself are over 35,000 book and periodical titles dating from 1536 to the present, 50,000 pieces of ephemera, over 3000 maps and charts covering the Pacific Basin and the West Coast of the United States dating from 1850 to the present, audio, and video materials in multiple formats.
Please see our Collections FAQ for detailed information on our policies regarding research in all of the Park's collections.
Did You Know?
The Queen Mary 2, the largest ocean liner in the world (1,131 feet long), pulled into San Francisco Bay on February 4, 2007. Here she is passing by the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.