Reading Room Registration

Why is registration required?

Guests who use the Church History Library’s reading room are required to complete a registration process. This is a standard practice for libraries and archives with rare or special collections. Registered researchers who visit the Church History Library’s reading room in Salt Lake City, Utah, may request to view items from the library’s collection. Researchers can access digitized materials through the online Church History Catalog.

How do I register?

Following these simple steps prior to arriving will ensure that your visit is as efficient as possible.

  1. Log in with your Church Account. (Church membership is not required for an account.)
    The Church History Library requires guests to have a Church Account as part of the registration process. A Church Account is the main sign-in account for,, and many other Church resources. If you do not already have an account, you will be prompted to create one when you begin the registration process. You do not need to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to create a Church Account, and you will not be contacted by the Church for any other purpose if you create one.

  2. Watch a short instructional video.
    The video provides information about the Church History Library and instructions for the use and handling of materials in the reading room.

  3. Complete the registration form.
    This form asks for basic contact information and an acknowledgment of your willingness to abide by the related access and use policies. This registration expires in one year, and after expiration, it will need to be renewed prior to a return visit.