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. 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. 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.
The Reading Room has a copy machine for the use of researchers,capable of scanning documents to a jump drive. Effective March 12, 2017, researchers who desire to copy materials over thirty pages in volume must use a jump drive to scan and save the documents in digital form. This is to prevent waste and preserve library resources.
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.
Gettysburg National Military Park
Phone: (717) 338-4424 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST)
DATES THE LIBRARY IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR RESEARCH
The Library and Research Center is closed on Federal holidays and weekends. The library will not be available for appointments on these dates in 2019:
LIBRARY VERTICAL FILE & ARCHIVAL BOX COLLECTIONS
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.
FINDING YOUR 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.
GETTYSBURG & ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY
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 www.achs-pa.org.
Last updated: July 11, 2019