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Maritime Library Reinstates Open Hours Starting Tuesday, April 5

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Date: April 4, 2011
Contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006

Beginning Tuesday, April 5, the J. Porter Shaw Library at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will open the doors of the maritime library from 1pm to 5pm, three days a week - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (excluding Federal holidays) so that visitors can experience the park’s maritime library collection. No appointment is necessary to visit the library or use the library collection.

The library has over 33,000 books and periodical titles dating from 1536 to the present, over 50,000 pieces of ephemera, and over 3,000 maps and charts covering the Pacific Basin and the West Coast of the United States dating from 1850 to the present. The collection also includes audio and video materials in multiple formats.

The library is also the research portal into the park’s archival and museum collections.

The park’s archival and museum collections are accessible by appointment only. Appointment hours are Monday through Friday from 1pm to 4pm. Additional appointments are available on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10 am to 4 pm. Please contact the library reference staff to schedule an appointment. For more information call 415-561-7030 or visit the park’s collections website at: http://www.nps.gov/safr/historyculture/museum-collections.htm

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, a Visitor Center, a maritime museum, and the maritime library.

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