Library and Archives

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The Library and Archives are located in the Merchants' Exchange Building at 3rd and Walnut Streets.

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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 sites that define the park's historical significance;
  • The establishment and development of the park;
  • The individuals and organizations associated with its mission;
  • Park research, development, and resource management activities.
The Reading Room is available for research Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (closed on federal holidays). Access by the general public to the Library and Archives is by appointment only.

Researchers shall submit a written request, detailing their research project to the Archivist and Library Manager when requesting an appointment.

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.


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Contact Information
Andrea Ashby, Library Technician
Email the Library

Mailing Address:
Independence National Historical Park
Library and Archives
143 South Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Fax: 215-597-3969

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


(215) 965-2305
Use this number to talk to a park ranger at the visitor center desk for park information. Park rangers are available for calls daily from 8:30am to 5pm. During heavy visitation, park rangers are assisting other visitors and may not be able to answer the phone right away. For information about lodging and restaurants, contact the city concierge staff at 800-537-7676.

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