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Friends Day


Saturday, June 9

8:00am – 1:00pm


Missed the opportunity to join us for this round of Friends Day? Mark your calendar for the next one on Saturday, September 29.

Enjoy breakfast with fellow history fans, take advantage of one-on-one service with our staff and genealogy experts, and tour HSP’s active processing, conservation, and digital labs.

This event is free and only open to Friends of HSP (Researcher level and above).


Friends Day Events

Research in the Library

Friends who are interested in researching in the library will be split into two waves to limit paging wait times. All researchers will have the opportunity to request collections to be paged in advance so your documents are waiting for you when you arrive! If you know what you’d like to see in advance, please submit a pre-paging request (below) and reserve a Wave 1 ticket. If you are not sure what collection materials you may want to see during your visit, please reserve a Wave 2 ticket so you have time to search through our card catalogs and fill out your call slips in the morning.

Tours of HSP

Take a 30 minute behind-the-scenes tour to see staff-only areas like our collections vaults, our Conservation Laboratory, our Digital Laboratory, and our Processing rooms.

Attend Lectures

Ever felt intimidated when approaching a Reference Librarian? Does the concept of Research make you faint? Well, get over it! Librarians are your friends; research is fun. Join HSP library director Dr. Lee Arnold as he explains it all to you. You’ll feel like a new person, ready to conquer the world.


8:00am- Doors open at HSP. Check in at our front desk, get a locker, sign up for a tour if you’re interested, and head upstairs to the Patterson Room for breakfast.

9:00am- First lecture begins in the Patterson Room.

9:00am- Library Wave 1. Attendees assigned to wave 1 will enter the Reading Room, present their name to library staff, and take an assigned seat and receive their pre-paged materials.

10:00am- First tour group departs.

10:00am- Attendees from Library Wave 1 exit the Reading Room.

11:00am- Second Lecture begins in Patterson Room.

11:00am- Second tour group departs.

11:00am- Library Wave 2 enter the Reading Room present their name to library staff, and take an assigned seat and receive their pre-paged materials.

12:00pm- Third tour group departs.

12:00pm- Attendees from Library Wave 2 exit the Reading Room.

12:30pm- Reading Room closes.


Questions about Friends Day? Contact Will Becker at or 215-982-2438.

Pre-paging requests are due by June 1. E-mail your requests to