The Kennedy Library has two research rooms:
Main Research Room: Located on the 4th floor and the point of entry for all research visits. Researchers doing textual research conduct their research in this room.
Audiovisual Research Room: Located on the 3rd floor for research of still and moving images and sound recordings. Researchers are escorted to the 3rd floor after checking in at the Main Research Room.
What you may bring
You are allowed to bring the following items into our Research Room:
- Laptop computer
- Digital camera
- Some scanners (check with Reference staff)
We will ask you to stow all other items – notebooks, pens, bags, brief cases, books, coats, etc. – in a secure storage locker outside of the Research Room.
Scheduling your visit
The Kennedy Library research rooms are open to the general public. All researchers are advised to make appointments prior to visiting the Main Research Room. Researchers wishing to use our audiovisual collections (photos, sound recordings, moving images) are required to schedule appointments in advance. Sound recording research requires at least two weeks advance notice so that listening copies can be prepared.
Research hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30. Closed on weekends and federal holidays.
For textual and oral history research: 617.514.1629 or Kennedy.Library@nara.gov
For audiovisual research: 617.514.1622 or JFK.AVarchives@nara.gov
For Hemingway research: 617.514.1629 or Kennedy.Library@nara.gov
Before you come to the Kennedy Library, we strongly encourage you to review the Orientation for Researchers at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This orientation provides practical guidance on the care and handling of archival materials while conducting research in any of NARA's archival facilities. You will be asked to take the orientation when you come to the Kennedy Library archives.