Library Hours and Admission


Library Hours

Monday: Closed
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.

Please note that entry to the library, photocopy service, and paging all end 45 minutes prior to closing time.

Notice of weather or emergency closings will be posted on the Historical Society's website and on the Society's weather phone line at 215-732-6200 ext. 505.

The library is closed regularly on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and the holidays listed below:

Christmas (2013) Monday, December 23 - Wednesday, December 25, 2013
New Year's Eve Holiday (2013) Monday, December 30, & Tuesday, December 31, 2013
New Year's Day (2014) Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 20, 2014
Special Event Closing early Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
Presidents' Day Monday, February 17, 2014
Special Event Friday, March 14, 2014
Memorial Day Monday, May 26, 2014
Independence Day Friday, July 4, 2014
Labor Day Monday, September 1, 2014
Columbus Day Monday, October 13, 2014
Thanksgiving Wednesday, November 26 at 5:30 p.m. - Friday, November 28, 2014
Christmas (2014) Wednesday, December 24 - Friday, December 26, 2014
New Year's Eve (2014) Wednesday, December 31 at 5:30 p.m.


Library Admission

Individual Daily Rates

Members: Free

Non-member adults: $8

Students (with current student ID card): FREE

Students grades 6-12 (with current student ID card): FREE

Photocopy services are available to both on- and off-site researchers and are subject to a $0.50 per page fee. The use of film or digital still-image cameras is permitted in the library at no additional cost. The use of cameras is subject to the following conditions: Copy and Camera Policies for details.


Research Registration Form

All first-time visitors to the library must complete a research registration form. You may print and complete the form prior to your visit, or you may complete it at the front desk before entering the library. Click here for a PDF version of the research registration form.




The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has a wheelchair accessible entrance on the 13th Street side of the building, just south of Locust Street. Staff are available to assist patrons who enter and exit the building through this entrance; please ring the buzzer for immediate assistance. 

Our goal is to provide exceptional service to our patrons, please let us know of any special needs in advance of your visit to HSP, so that we may ensure you have a pleasant experience.  Contact Visitor Services at ext. 221 or via email at with any questions or requests.