MHS Response to COVID-19

Dear Friends,

It is terrific to see researchers at work in our library and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to 1154 Boylston Street to explore our galleries and attend programs! If you are interested in doing research in our library, please be aware of the policies we have in place to maintain a safe environment for staff and visitors. While we continue to reopen to the public, our staff is hard at work holding online events, producing virtual exhibitions, and offering remote reference services. 

We are grateful to our community for their patience and support during this fluid situation and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to our building when we are able. Continue reading below to learn about our remote reference services and online programming. And please check our website and social media channels for additional updates.

All the best,

Catherine Allgor
MHS President

Reader Services

The MHS library is open to the public for onsite research visits. To protect the health of researchers and staff amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the MHS Library has implemented the following temporary policies:

  • The library will open Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:45 PM. 
  • Research will be by appointment only. Please use our Appointment Request Form to select your preferred visit dates.  
  • Appointment requests must be made by 2:00 PM on Thursday of the previous week.
  • Researchers must provide proof of full FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccination prior to arriving at the MHS. 
  • A well-fitted mask covering the nose and mouth must be worn.

We are committed to providing all researchers with access to our collections and will continue to offer expanded reference and reproduction services. Researchers who are unable to visit the MHS at this time are encouraged to explore our virtual reference options and reproductions services.  

Programs & Events

Though the MHS will not have any in-person programs or events until at least October 2021, we do have a full slate of online author talks, panel discussions, workshops, seminars, and brown-bag lunch programs. Please visit our online calendar and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for program listings. Join our e-mail list to receive weekly e-mails with calendar information and timely updates.

Donate to the MHS Collection

We continue to actively add to our collection. Please contact the Vice President for Collections and review our collecting policy before sending any material.

MHS Staff & Facilities

Whether at home or in the office, our staff remains hard at work answering research questions, providing digital content, and devising new ways to provide engaging content to our community. 

Support the MHS

The generosity of our friends and community has sustained the MHS for more than 229 years, and today your support enables us to fulfill our mission to promote understanding of the history of Massachusetts and the nation by collecting and communicating materials and resources that foster historical knowledge.  We are offering an engaging and varied selection of online programs; building a virtual community of scholars; delivering online resources to educators; helping researchers with their work; providing access to our collections; and continuing to publish. A gift to the MHS Fund not only helps to keep this work going but it will also enable us to fully reopen in a safe and responsible manner. Please consider supporting the MHS today.

Become a Member

Membership at the MHS is open to all. We welcome friends from near and far to join our community of history lovers. Learn more about our membership categories and join today!

We offer you a warm virtual welcome and look forward to when we can see you in person!