Children learning Mormon history

Church History Library

Learn from thousands of valuable Church records.

Completed in 2009, the Church History Library was created as a place to house records for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The building contains materials that chronicle the history of the Church from 1830 down to the present day. The building’s 10 main storage rooms are kept at closely monitored temperatures of 55 degrees Fahrenheit with 35 percent relative humidity in order to preserve historical documents and prevent aging. Two rooms are kept at -4 degrees Fahrenheit and house special documents such as films, photographs, and other significant records.

These documents come from a range of sources and contain many points of view. These materials include:

  • 270,000 books, pamphlets, magazines, and newspapers
  • 240,000 collections of original, unpublished records (journals, diaries, correspondence, minutes, etc.)
  • 3.5 million patriarchal blessings for Church members
  • 13,000 photograph collections
  • 23,000 audiovisual items

Many of these materials are available for you to explore, and of course, volunteers are available to assist you with any questions.

Church History Library Closure and Renovation

October 10, 2016 – February 21, 2017

The opening of the Church History Library in 2009 ushered in a new era of expanded access to the Church’s archival collections for researchers of all types. Soon the library will undergo another transformation that will further enhance the research experience and services offered.

Purpose

On October 10, 2016, the public research areas of the Church History Library will close for remodeling. These areas will remain closed for four months and will reopen on February 21, 2017. Spaces will be enhanced to improve the following patron experiences:

  • Workshops and lectures
  • Library Tours
  • Donor hosting
  • Oral history interviews

Impacted Services

Walk-in tours will not be given during the closure, and there will be no public access to the following spaces and resources:

  • Reference room
  • Open stacks
  • Reading room
  • Foundations of Faith exhibit
  • Collections

Ongoing Services

During this time, the library will continue to provide services and access to collections through the following resources:

Prior to the closure, the library will continue to provide regular services according to our normal schedule.