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Visiting the MHS Library

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As of July 8, 2020, the Brown Research Library reading room is open for research by appointment. As always, the Maine Historical Society welcomes the use of its collections by historians, authors, educators, students, genealogists or anyone interested in the history of Maine.

As with any research or special collections library and archive, there are policies and procedures in place to preserve the collections for future generations. In addition, Maine Historical Society (MHS) has updated our reading room policies to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The most notable change being that research is currently available by appointment only, with a limited number of spaces each day.

What's new and different in response to COVID-19?

MHS updated its Collection Use Guidelines and reading room policies in response to the pandemic. All visitors (including returning researchers) should take the time to review the updated information before making an appointment.

MHS takes the safety of our staff, patrons and collections seriously. We are quarantining collections between use, requiring face masks, encouraging hand washing and social distancing, and instituting cleaning protocols with both people and collections in mind. Specifics are outlined below, and via the Collection Use Guidelines.

Any new or updated information about researching at MHS will appear here on this page as it becomes available.

Thank you for your understanding as we strictly enforce our updated policies and guidelines.

Library Access

Reading Room Policies

Collections Policies

Photocopies and Photography

Making an Appointment

MHS will gladly cancel or reschedule your appointment if you are unwell or meet the criteria above. Just call or email to let us know you won't be joining us. Symptomatic researchers will be asked to leave immediately.

Book Appointment link

If you wish to email your appointment request, please email research@mainehistory.org. Appointments are not confirmed until you receive written (email) confirmation.