library and archives

In our Reading Room, we offer extensive collections of family genealogies; books on local, state and regional history, with a focus on York County history; York City and County directories; York County high school yearbooks; historical atlases and maps; and local and regional periodicals and newsletters covering a wide range of topics. The York County History Center’s Library & Archives is also one of the only repositories in Pennsylvania that offers the two major York newspapers and their predecessors on microfilm. For more information about the York County History Center’s holdings, please see our list of the Library & Archives Resources.

All research library users, whether members or not, also have access to the Library Edition of on the computers available in the Reading Room. The Library Edition of is a subscription website available only to libraries that provides access to approximately 10 billion genealogical records, including the U.S. Federal Census images and indexes.

We annually host visitors from all 50 states across the country, as well as several other countries. Visitors receive assistance in using the collection from well-trained staff and volunteers.


Visiting the library

Admissions, daily rates, and hours

Patrons are encouraged to visit and make use of the Library & Archives resources in genealogy, local history and other historical topics. No appointment is needed to use the Library.

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  • Tuesday – Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday – Monday Closed
Admission Rates
  • Non-Members: $8.00/day
  • Members: Free
  • York County K-12 Students: Free
  • York College & Penn State York Students (with ID): Free

Our Collections

The Library & Archives is located on the first floor rear of The Historical Society Museum at 250 East Market Street, York, Pennsylvania. These materials are accessible to the public through various catalogs and indexes located in the reference area. Trained volunteers, with the support of Library staff, are available to assist patrons in using the collection.

Individuals living over 100 miles from York, PA

For individuals living over 100 miles from York, PA, the York County History Center offers a limited number of research by mail services. All research services utilize the holdings of the York County History Center Library & Archives.