Maritime Library Updates Access to Aid Researchers

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Date: September 17, 2006

Libraries and the way people use them are changing in the technological 21st Century. More people are accessing information from the comfort of their own homes or from office computers, while fewer make visiting the library their first stop. In order to aid the remote researcher by increasing digital access to the vast array of maritime information in the Park collections, and to improve services provided to those who visit the library, the J. Porter Shaw Library of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will be moving to appointment only hours beginning on Monday, October 2, 2006. The regular appointment hours will be Monday through Friday from 1 to 4pm (the library closes at 5pm). 


Library reference staff is available to provide assistance with research in the Park’s collections (including printed, archival & photographic resources); reproduction requests and notices of intent to publish from park collections; referrals to other professionals within the Park for further research in the Park’s collections; and referrals to other organizations and research resources. 

These services are available on location, through email, telephone, FAX, or mailed in requests. 


For more information, or to make an appointment, please call 415-561-7080 (recorded information) or 415-561-7030 during business hours to reach a Library staff member.


Appointments can also be made, and the Reference staff may be contacted through our website at, by fax at 415-556-3540, or by mail:


Reference Librarian
SF Maritime NHP Library
Bldg. E, Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA 94123


San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, visitor center, Aquatic Park Historic District, and library. The park offers regular programs and special events. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park's website at

Last updated: March 1, 2015

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