Visit the Othmer Library

Hours and Admission

                                                                  Important Closure Information

From Friday, August 1 through Saturday, August 31, the Othmer Library will be closed to research visits. During this time, Library & Archives Staff are working on several projects to enhance collection access and public services. You may still email our reference staff for general inquiries and we will answer your question in the order it was received. During this closure period, we will also be taking appointment requests for September.

For other questions about this closure, please send an email to the Library Director.

Beginning again in September:

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.

More Questions?

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