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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 9:15 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 (2018)

Monday, January 1, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 15, 2018

Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 19, 2018

Memorial Day

Monday, May 28, 2018

Independence Day

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Labor Day

Monday, September 3, 2018

Columbus Day

Monday, October 8, 2018


Wednesday, November 21 at 5:30 p.m. through Friday, November 23, 2018

Christmas Eve & Day

Monday, December 24 & Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year’s Day (2018)

Monday, December 31, 2018 & Tuesday January 1, 2019