Hours and Admission

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Hours and Admission

Library Hours

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library is open to the public Tuesday-Friday during the hours listed below. Please disregard any other hours listed outside of our website, as we have encountered incorrect information listed elsewhere before. Note that entry to the Library, photocopy service, and paging all end 45 minutes prior to close.



Tuesday: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Administrative Hours

Our administrative offices hold regular business hours 9-5:30 Monday-Friday.  Although the Library is not open for public use outside of the days and hours listed above, staff do schedule business appointments and meetings during morning hours and Mondays.  It is always best to pre-arrange to meet with staff, rather than stop-in and ask for them during non-public hours. HSP's main entrance on Locust street opens daily at 9:30 a.m.

Library Admission

Individual daily rates to visit the Library are:

Members: FREE

Non-members: $8

All Students (with ID): FREE

All Military Members (with ID): FREE

Time Travelers Members: $5

Policies on Children:
• Children are assumed to be students and have free admission to the library.
• Children under kindergarten age are not permitted in the library (except to accompany their parents/guardians when viewing exhibits).
• Children under 6th grade must be with a supervising adult in the library and in the front lobby. An adult accompanying a child researcher will be charged admission.  


Holidays and Closings 

The Historical Society is regularly closed Monday, Saturday, and Sunday as well as on the dates listed below. In the case of inclement weather, HSP follows the schedule of the School District of Philadelphia. Notice of all weather and emergency closings will be posted on the Historical Society website and on our weather phone line at 215-732-6200 ext. 505.

New Year's Day (2016)Friday, January 1, 2016
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMonday, January 18, 2016
Presidents’ DayMonday, February 15, 2016
Open only to Attendees of Family History DaysFriday, March 18th, 2016

Spring Holiday/ Fête du printemps

Monday, March 28, 2016
Special Early Closing

Friday, April 8th, 2016

early closing at 4:30 p.m.

Memorial DayMonday, May 30, 2016
Independence Day Friday July 1- Monday, July 4, 2016
Labor DayMonday, September 5, 2016
Special Late Opening

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

late opening at 2:30 p.m.

Special Hours

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Open 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Columbus DayMonday, October 10, 2016
Special Hours

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Open 10:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.


Wednesday, November 23 early closing at 5:30 p.m.- Friday, November 25, 2016

Winter HolidayFriday, December 23-
Monday, January 2, 2017