library and archives

The History Center Library & Archives is temporarily closed.  For assistance with research or information about our new facility opening in 2024, please contact Nicole Smith 717-848-1587 x225, or Adam Bentz 717-848-1587 x223,

Services update: As we prepare to move to the new History Center, the last day to donate artifacts and archival collections will be Aug. 1.  Donations will resume in spring of 2024.

Research orders will also be unavailable after August 1st until the spring.


Please only bring what you need for research into the Library.  Lockers are available for bags, purses and other personal items.  We allow pencils, papers, notebooks and folders.  We encourage you to bring a personal laptop since there are a limited number of public computers available.  Cell phone photography of documents and books is also allowed.  Your gracious cooperation with the Library Rules & Policies will help us protect our collections for many, many generations to come.

For information on donating to the Library & Archives, please contact Nicole Smith at 717-848-1587 x225.

Online Resources

This website has a number of online resources including Online Research Request ordering, genealogy and property research resources and collections databases.  To access these resources, see EXPLORE on the main menu or click a link below.

Genealogy Resources and South Central Pennsylvania Genealogy Society

Property Research and Hively Land Records books and maps

Library and Partner Programs – South Central Pennsylvania Genealogy Society, York Civil War Round Table and ALLVETS


Library & Archives News:

The York County History Center is now a FamilySearch affiliate research center

This agreement allows members and visitors to the Library & Archives greater access to genealogy resources on the website.  For more information, please visit

African American Collections

There is a new regularly-updated guide to African American collections at the History Center on this website.  See Special Collections and Finding Aids.


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 library users, whether members or not, have on-site access to the Library Edition of Included with this subscription is Fold3 and Edition. Fold3 provides access to US military records and edition provides access to the growing number of digitized newspapers, which now include portions of the Delta Herald and the Gazette & Daily (now known as the York Daily Record).

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.

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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.

For more information about making a donation to the Library & Archives, please contact Nicole Smith at 717-848-1587 x225 or  

We encourage you to visit the History Center to further your genealogical and local history research. Research orders will resume in spring 2024.