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Information for researchers

The reading room is open for research from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and noon to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The society is closed on weekends, most holidays, and quarterly for staff service days. Please call 215-627-1852 in advance of your visit to check for possible closings.

There is limited off-street parking available. Please check with the receptionist about access.

Briefcases, computer cases, book bags, and purses must be left in the lockers. Coats and jackets must be hung on the coat racks near the lockers. PHS will provide locker access while you visit for research.

Researchers will be asked to show one form of photo identification when registering in the reading room.

We allow the use of hand-held digital cameras without flash in the reading room.

Food, drink, and smoking are not allowed in the building.

The staff is available for general reference and assistance. Due to our volume of work, the time we can spend with any one researcher is limited, and we cannot engage in research (as opposed to reference assistance) for our patrons.

All of our records are stored onsite, so researchers do not need to request materials in advance.

Click here for a complete list of reading room policies; they are also available in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

A note on access: It is the policy of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to restrict access to all official denomination records on deposit at the Presbyterian Historical Society that are less than 50 years old. If researchers wish to access these records, we require that they secure written permission from the records’ owners. If you believe this restriction will affect your research, please contact us for further instructions prior to visiting. Please click here to view the complete access policy.

Click here for more information about reference and research services.