The Reading Room is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 1-4pm, for reference materials. Manuscripts, Graphics, and other select collections are available by appointment only. Please contact our staff at for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Admission Fees

Admission fees are currently waived. However, if you wish to support the important work of our staff you may make a gift to our Annual Fund or become a member of the RIHS.

House Rules

Upon arrival, visitors must sign-in on the iPad located near the reference desk. Folders, envelopes, or other material brought into the reading room will be inspected before departure.

Visitors must wear a close-fitting mask such as a surgical, N95, or KN95 mask in place of, or under, a cloth mask. Surgical masks are available upon request.

Bags, coats, and anything else which is not essential to research should be placed in secure lockers available in the lobby.

Only pencils may be used in the Reading Room. Pens or other writing implements that make indelible marks are not permitted.

Because of the irreplaceable nature of many of our materials, we ask that patrons using the collections do so with the utmost care. RRC staff will monitor the use of all materials in the Reading Room and will assist visitors in using the collections as necessary.

Researchers may take photographs of collection materials for personal use only. However, no flash photography is permitted.

To request reproductions for publications, see our Rights & Reproductions page. Patrons are responsible for observing all copyright laws.

Please contact the Reference staff for more information.