Visit the Othmer Library

Hours and Admission

Visiting the Othmer Library

The Othmer Library is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00-5:00 PM.

Admission to the Library is included with Museum admission. For directions, suggested admissions rates, and other museum information, see our general information page

Procedures for using the Library


You do not need an appointment to use books, periodicals, newspapers, maps and atlases, and the searchable database of our digitized images and oral histories during open hours.

You do need an appointment to use the Archive & Manuscript Collections. Please request appointments at least one week in advance by filling out our online form.

Appointments are available only during open library hours. If you need to do extensive research in the collections, you may request an appointment outside of these hours; these requests will be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.

Researchers must work in accordance with the following procedures, to ensure the safety and security of the collections:

Please note:

Photography, Photocopies, and Image Reproduction

Digital photography is allowed and photocopying and other reproduction services are available, dependant upon the condition and copyright status of the materials. For further information, please visit the Photocopies and Reproductions page.


We have small lockers available at no cost that measure 17” x 12” x 11”
We have a limited number (4) of tall lockers that measure 17” x 12” x 33”
You may sign out a locker key at no cost from the Admissions Desk on the first floor. Please check your personal items in the lockers (located near the ground floor) before entering the library on the 2nd floor.

More Questions?

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, search the Library Catalogs, or fill out our Research Questions & Appointments form.