Plan Your Visit to the Church History Library

In order to protect our patrons, employees, and missionaries and comply with recommendations of local government, the Church History Library is closed to the public until further notice.

There are many things to do when you visit the Church History Library. You can use our collections to research the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to do family history work, to fulfill your Church responsibilities, or to work on other projects. You may also come for one of the exhibits and presentations we offer.

We want your visit to be as productive and enjoyable as possible. Please be aware that there are certain policies and guidelines to follow when visiting. If you will be using materials from our secure stacks, you will want to familiarize yourself with the reading room and access policies. We encourage first-time researchers to register online before arriving.

Don’t forget to check our hours and admission information before you come so you’re not surprised by any closures. We encourage visitors from out of town to check parking options as well as attractions and events in the downtown Salt Lake City area.

General Information

Hours and Admissions

In response to COVID-19, the Church History Library is closed to the public until further notice.

Location and Parking

Library Address

15 East North Temple Street

Salt Lake City, Utah 84150

The Church History Library is located north of the Church Office Building and east of the Conference Center. Paid public parking lots are available within half a block of the facility.

Street parking with pay stations is available throughout the city. Pay station parking hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., for a maximum of 2 hours, Monday through Friday. Saturdays are free, with a 2-hour maximum. Parking is also free on Sundays and holidays.

Free parking is available northeast of the Utah State Capitol building. You can take bus 500 from the capitol to the library for free.

Free parking is also available for visitors to the library during limited hours on weekdays and Saturdays in the lot east of the Church History Library. The entrance gate will be open Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please note that the exit arm will open automatically as vehicles approach.

Use of TRAX (light-rail) and buses in the downtown area is fare-free. Visit for more info.

For more information about parking in downtown Salt Lake City, please visit the Temple Square Parking web page.

Parking Map

Download PDF of parking map

Group Presentations

The Church History Library offers several experiences to highlight our collections and the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Walk-in visitors are always welcome to have a general tour and do not need a reservation if the party has 10 or fewer members.

For groups from 10 to 100, please call or email to check availability and make reservations for one of our exciting presentations. All presentations are free and take approximately 60 minutes.

Phone: 801-353-3550


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I do family history research at the Church History Library?

The Church History Library primarily collects records documenting the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many of these records are valuable for researching ancestors who were members of the Church. For more information on what types of records can be useful in family history research, you may want to view our research guide, Latter-day Saint Family and Local History Sources. If you are looking for vital or public records or for information on ancestors who were not members of the Church, you should visit the Family History Library.

Can I get a copy of my patriarchal blessing at the Church History Library?

The Church History Library does not provide paper copies of patriarchal blessings. You can request electronic copies of your patriarchal blessing. For more information, visit our Patriarchal Blessings page.

I have lost the certificate for one of my ordinances (such as a baby blessing, baptism, or priesthood ordination). Can I get a copy from the library?

The Church History Library does not have copies of ordinance certificates. These certificates are provided to the individual who received the ordinance, and they are not submitted to the library. To obtain a replacement copy, speak with your ward clerk.

If you are looking for a copy of your priesthood line of authority, then you should follow the instructions found at the Church’s online help center.

What should I bring with me when I come to do research at the library?

When doing research at the library, you can bring a laptop, USB drive, tablet, cell phone, and camera to use for note-taking purposes. For more information on approved devices, see our Reading Room Policy and Guidelines for Copying and Obtaining Digitized Material.

Before coming to the library, you should also know how to log in to your Church Account. If you do not have a Church Account, you can create one by going to Click on My Account and Ward, then select Sign In. You do not need to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to create an account.

Can I check out materials from the library?

We do not circulate materials outside the library because the Church History Library is a special collections library and archive. You are welcome to visit and view items in the building or explore digital content in the Church History Catalog. To learn more about our policies, visit our Policies and Guidelines page.

I forgot my USB drive at home. Can I buy one at the library?

The library sells both USB drives and copy cards, which can be used at the printer to pay for copies. Both items are available for purchase from a vending machine. The copy cards are sold in $2 and $5 amounts, and our 4-gigabyte flash drives cost $7. Please note that the vending machine only accepts cash. Copy cards from the Church History Library may also be used at the Family History Library and vice versa.

How long should I plan to visit?

Most library materials are kept in our secure stacks, and it can take up to 15 minutes to retrieve these materials. Different formats, such as microfilm, can also take more time to view. You should keep this in mind as you plan your visit to ensure you have enough time to complete your research.

Take time to review the library policies and the library hours listed earlier on this page. Keep in mind that our reading room closes 15 minutes before the rest of the library.

We encourage you to register before coming to the library and to do some research using our online Church History Catalog prior to your visit. Many items can be viewed online, and you can identify materials of interest before arriving so your time in the library can be used to view items rather than locating them. If you have difficulty finding materials, library staff members are happy to help you in person or online using our Ask Us service.

Can I access the Church History Catalog from home?

Yes. We encourage you to search the online Church History Catalog prior to coming to the library. Many of our collections have been digitized and are available to view online from any location.

Will I be able to view anything I want from the library’s collections?

Some of our collections have restrictions regarding access. We encourage you to check the Church History Catalog before coming to the library to make sure that the items you would like to view are open to research. To learn more about access restrictions, view our Access Policy.

We also have many collections of digital records that are not available for immediate viewing. To view this content, you will need to use Ask Us to request access.

You can also use our Ask Us service if you are unsure whether a collection is available to view.

I am not very tech savvy. Can I still look at materials and research at the library?

Much of the research process does require using a computer and other technology. While library staff members are available to assist you, they also need to be available to help other researchers, so if you are not comfortable using a computer, we suggest bringing a friend or helper with you whenever possible. This will greatly reduce your wait time while at the library and will make your visit more efficient.

Can my family tour the library?

We offer exhibit presentations that are great for families. If you have a small group, feel free to walk in and explore the Foundations of Faith exhibit. If you have a large group or would like to schedule a special presentation, it is best to schedule in advance so that we can plan for your group.

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