The Oregon Historical Society Research Library is open to any researcher, professional or non-professional, who is working on a specific research project.
For individuals who do not have a research project but would like to see original documents and other images from our collections, the museum offers a variety of exhibits.
Our mission is to make the rare documents, books, maps, recordings, and images in our care available to researchers like you. Please help us be good stewards of these rare materials by preparing for your visit and by reading and following the use guidelines.
Whether you are a new or returning visitor, please stop at the admissions desk in the main lobby at our Park Street entrance to register. All library visitors are required to register on their first visit each calendar year by filling out a brief registration form and presenting current photo identification. This form, which is completely confidential, is used for tracking purposes and is valid for the remainder of that calendar year. With each subsequent visit during the year, please let the admissions staff know you're making a return visit to the library.
Once you have registered, the Research Library is a quick elevator ride away. Upon entering the library, please gather research materials (pencils, paper, and laptops) you plan to use during your visit, then check your coats, bags, and other belongings in the coatroom (complimentary lockers are provided). Reference librarians are on hand in the Research Library to help you get started with your research.