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The MHS is open! Visit our current exhibition, attend an event, or make an appointment to use the library. Learn more about our COVID-19 protocols

Visiting the Library

The MHS library operates differently from most public or university libraries. While we strive to provide researchers with access to all our collections, our primary concern must be to preserve our unique materials, and for that reason we enforce strict security protocols. The pages in this section—What to ExpectWhat to Bring, and How to Prepare--will help you become familiar with our policies and procedures.

Library Hours

The MHS library is open to the public Monday, and Wednesday through Friday, from 10:00 AM to 4:45 PM, Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 7:45 PM, and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM 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: 

  • A well-fitted mask covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times in the library

All researchers are encouraged to request an appointment in advance of arriving at the MHS.  Please visit our Appointment Request Form to select your preferred visit dates.   Researchers with confirmed appointments will be guaranteed a seat in the reading room on their appointment date. Walk in researchers will be accommodated if spots are available on the daily schedule.