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Visiting the Library and Archives

Every year hundreds of researchers visit the Library and Archives to study the more than one million items that document New England's cultural and architectural history.

Hours: Appointments must be made in advance by calling 617-994-5909 or completing the online contact formThe Library and Archives is open for appointments Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note that the Library and Archives will also be open the first Saturday of the month from April, May, June, October, November, and December 2016.

Location: Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street in Boston, Massachusetts. The Otis House is at the foot of Beacon Hill, next to the Old West Church. Enter through the gateway on Cambridge Street and dial 5909 on the call box next to the door. Map and directions.

Parking: There is limited street parking. Nearby parking lots include Charles River Plaza, Boston Common Garage, and Government Center Garage.

Public transportation:  Short walk from MBTA stations: Charles Street/MGH, Bowdoin Square (closed weekends), and North Station. 

Historic New England members receive reciprocal benefits with the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, which holds extensive archival collections. Learn more.

To Prepare for Your Visit

A significant percentage of the holdings of the Library and Archives is represented in the Collections Database. Prior to your visit, we recommend that you explore the resources in the search system and note the items or collections that you would like to see. Each record is uniquely identified by the GUSN number. We ask that you notify the Library and Archives staff of your research needs in advance so that we can prepare documents and objects for you.


Visiting the Library and Archives