Park Library & Research Center

Study and research area for the park library.

Gettysburg National Military Park maintains a library 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.

The Library Reading Room is open for public research by appointment only except for days listed below. Appointments should be made at least twenty four hours in advance. Researchers are required to sign in when visiting the facility. Laptop computers, digital cameras, notebook paper, and pencils are welcome but personal files and paper collections are not allowed without pre-arrangement with library staff. The reading room has a copy machine for the use of researchers that also has scanning capability. To reduce paper usage, we recommend that researchers bring a jump drive with them to save copies as pdf files on their individual drives.
Access to the stacks, vertical files, and rare books is through the assistance of library staff only. Hours for use of the library are subject to change due to staffing requirements and availability is regularly updated on this page. Please note that the park library is closed on all Federal holidays.

Research Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Policy on Requests for Copies: Effective June 6, 1998, requests for copies of material from the library must be made in writing and are limited to six requests per individual per year, thirty(30) pages per request. Some materials may not be reproduced due to condition or restricted use outside of the park. Additionally, there are select items we recommend be obtained from the original source or repository. Gettysburg National Military Park reserves the right to refuse requests from parties outside of the National Park Service where conflict in copyright and ownership of materials may arise and requests for documents/files/collections beyond the limited amount noted above. Library staff is limited and replies will take time, so your patience is requested.

Donations to the Park Library: We welcome the consideration of those who wish to donate books or manuscripts to the park but please be aware that we do not accept items dropped off or mailed to the park without prior approval.

Library Address:

Gettysburg National Military Park
Attn. Library
1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100
Gettysburg PA 17325

Phone: (717) 338-4424 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST)
Fax: (717) 334-1997



The Library and Research Center is closed on Federal holidays and weekends. The library will not be available for appointments on these dates in 2020*:
Due to the continued risk of the novel coronavirus (Covid 19) and recent decisions by state and federal authorities, the Museum and Visitor Center will be closed through March 31, 2020. Access to the park Library & Research Center will resume in April and thank you for your understanding during this time of national emergency.

April 1-3.

* Research appointment requests after April 3 will be limited to staff availability.
Harry Pfanz Research Collection


The park Library and Research Center is organized into collections by subject matter and sorted by volume, source of the materials, collections, 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.

How to research a Civil War ancestor

Looking for information about an ancestor who may have served during the Civil War? Follow the link above for suggestions on how to locate service records, unit histories and the like, related to that special ancestor who wore the blue or the gray during the Civil War.


The park library does not maintain census records, genealogical or land ownership records of Gettysburg and Adams County residents outside of the battlefield district. For information on the history of this county and the residents who inhabited the area, researchers should contact the Adams County Historical Society at

Last updated: March 17, 2020

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Mailing Address:

1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325


(717) 334-1124

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