Library Collections

Color photo of a man standing next to a bookshelf in a library, holding a book.
A vast array of works on the American Revolution can be found in the park's library.

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About the Library
The Library collection consists of approximately 13,000 volumes, including books, reports, microforms, theses, dissertations, and periodicals. The Library collection is particularly strong in the history and culture of Colonial America, the American Revolution, and the Early National periods; historic preservation; material culture; architecture; and historic archaeology.


Online Library Catalog
The National Park Service Library Program maintains an online catalog of park library collections, which includes the Independence National Historical Park Library. The online catalog can be accessed via the internet.

National Park Service History E-Library
The National Park Service History E-Library is an electronic collection of National Park Service publications organized by park. Independence National Historical Park has several publications represented in this collection. It should be noted that this is a small sample of the reports, studies, and publications available. The majority of the park's materials have not been digitized and must be accessed at the Library and Archives. Library staff can assist researchers in identifying relevant materials in the park's collection.

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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