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.
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.
Individual daily rates to visit the Library are:
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
Monday, February 19, 2018
Monday, May 28, 2018
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Monday, September 3, 2018
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